Born and raised in England, Karen went globe-trotting in her late teens through her early twenties, working at a variety of jobs (chambermaid, waitress, camp site assistant, flight attendant, van driver) in settings as far afield as Wales, Italy, Israel, Spain, Greece, and the United States. After somewhat satisfying her wanderlust, she attended Queens College, C.U.N.Y., where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Beta Kappa Scholar Award, Highest English Department Honors, Paul Klapper Scholar Award—Queens College’s highest honor). After a few more detours (manager of an art studio and then vascular technologist), Karen attended Boston University, graduating in 2001 with a Master of Arts degree in the teaching of English. She then began her career as a high school English teacher at a prestigious public high school on Boston’s South Shore. In that role, Karen taught students of various grades and levels of ability, struggling through gifted. After seven years as a teacher, Karen was promoted to high school English department head and then, three years later, to her current role as a district-level English Curriculum Director. Karen trains and supervises twenty English teachers in curriculum, instruction, and assessment, and teaches one class (Grade 12 Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition). In 2014, she earned a Doctor of Education degree from Walden University. Her doctoral study pertained to content knowledge development for teachers.
For the past several years, Karen has also worked as a private tutor, providing instruction in writing (especially the college essay), advanced literature study, and PSAT/SAT/ACT preparation. Karen finds that her international background, her extensive teaching experience, and her highly varied life experiences enable her to connect well with students of all ages, backgrounds, and ability levels.
When she’s not teaching, Karen plays tennis, takes Zumba classes, serves as General Secretary of her town’s Cultural Council, and reads extensively. Her favorite authors include P. G. Wodehouse, George Orwell, George Eliot, Anthony Trollope, and Charles Dickens. Her love for the works of Dickens is such that she co-founded and for a time served as General Secretary of the Greater Boston Charles Dickens Fellowship, an organization she is proud to stay is still going strong more than twenty years later.