Director of Student Services is a short title for a position with broad
responsibilities in the CH-UH City School District. Since 2018, Karen Liddell-
Anderson has held this position where she has been responsible for the
administrative and compliance work associated with student registration, special education including gifted services, music and the arts, homeless student education services, student conduct, and non-public students services. She also supervises five Student Services Coordinators who provide direct support to CH-UH staff, students, and families.
Among the many details of this role, Mrs. Liddell-Anderson derives great satisfaction from completing the Medicaid billing and reimbursement because it results in additional funding for the district to assist students. She also enjoys the opportunities to guide Root Cause Analysis Committees through deeper
understandings of issues which results in actionable problem solving plans. “My
work in this area has impacted the district at all levels in some capacity.” The district applauds Liddell-Anderson’s efforts and has recognized her specifically for representing the district and presenting at the annual Ohio Association of
Administrators of State and Federal Education Programs Conference for the last 5 years.
Liddell-Anderson has more than 30 years of experience in public education. Prior
to joining the CH-UH City School district, she served as an Early Childhood Special
Education Specialist, Middle School Principal, Special Education Coordinator, and
Director of Special Education, with the Akron Public Schools. She has also been an
Adjunct Professor at the University of Akron and the University of Dayton. Liddell-
Anderson’s commitment to quality education for all children extended to the
private/non-public school sector when she served on the Board of Directors for
Emmanuel Christian Academy in Akron, Ohio for eight years.
Liddell-Anderson’s educational background includes a B.S. Degree in Speech-
Language Pathology from Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi. It was
while working as a Speech-Language Pathologist that Liddell-Anderson broadened her interest in Special Education. She earned her M.Ed. in Special Education from North Carolina Central University, Durham, North Carolina. She also completed the 2 year program Partnership for Leaders in Education School Turnaround Program through the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business and Curry School of Education.
When she is not working, Liddell-Anderson spends her time with her husband
riding their electric bikes and going to live theatre events. “My husband and I
both share a passion for the arts. We always enjoy performances at Playhouse
Square and Weathervane Playhouse and go to the Heights High School plays
together. They get better and better each year!”