Karen Eastep

Director of Clinical Experience and Early Childhood Learning Center
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B.S. in Children’s Ministry and Preschool/Daycare Director (Johnson University)
M.Ed. in Adult Education and Development (Strayer University)
Ed.S. in Early Childhood Education (Walden University)

Serves on the Tennessee Department of Education comprehensive state review team and the Association of Christian Schools International comprehensive national review team.

My favorite part about teaching at Johnson is: The connections with colleagues and students.

When I’m not teaching, I love to: Read, watch Jeopardy, go to the theater, and camp with my family.

In my classes, students can expect: A class full of relevant, practical, hands-on learning that builds on prior knowledge to help ensure that students are more prepared for their chosen ministry.

My best advice to a new student in my program is: Come in with an open mind and an open heart ready to work hard.

The myth-busting truth about my discipline I most want people to understand is: Early childhood education and children’s ministry is not “babysitting;” it is helping build foundations that children need to be successful in all of life.

A quote that influences how I live is: “We draw people to Christ not by loudly discrediting what they believe, by telling them how wrong they are and how right we are, but by showing them a light that is so lovely that they want with all their hearts to know the source of it.”  ­– Madeleine L’Engle