Life verse: Blessed is the woman that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For she shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. Jeremiah 17:7-8

Born in a little red cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Karen grew up among nine siblings, gardens, kennels, campouts, and a bakery. She loves the adventure of learning with children and began teaching at Faith Mission School. She taught grades 2-3 in Cayo for four years, leaving a piece of herself in Belize, then worked six years at Christian Light. In 2014, she moved with a small outreach to Fincastle, VA and taught across the grades until 2021 when she moved to the first and second grade classroom at Faith Builders Christian School, completing fifteen years.

As opportunity gifted, she set foot on the equator, Arctic Circle, Thames River, sang with Oasis Chorale in their première years, and attended CBS and Music Camp.

Hobbies include gardening, reading, traveling, hiking, and writing poetry. She is working on an Associate’s degree in Creative Writing from Liberty University.