Karen has taught students in several schools in OCPS including Dommerich, Aloma, Lake Sybelia, Riverdale and Audubon Park Elementary Schools. Because of her firsthand experience, she knows the joys and challenges of teaching, and works to engage teachers in decisions that affect them.
As a state representative, Karen served on the K-12 Education and the Education Appropriations Subcommittees. She spoke on behalf of public education and the imperative to better fund our public schools. As a member of the School Board, she has worked alongside her colleagues in Tallahassee to influence legislation that directly affects students and teachers in Orange County Public Schools.
Karen has worked in the field of education since she graduated in 1990 from Vanderbilt University with a B.S. in Elementary Education. She started her career as a 4th grade teacher at the original Audubon Park Elementary before leaving for UNC-Chapel Hill to earn her M.Ed. in Literacy Studies. She returned to Aloma Elementary as a 5th grade teacher before moving to Gainesville to continue her education at the University of Florida, where she earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction while teaching at Duval Elementary.
Her two children, Wyatt and Caroline, both attended Dommerich Elementary while Karen taught 2nd-5th grades. After Dommerich, they walked next door to attend Maitland Middle School. Caroline attends Winter Park High School and Wyatt is a recent graduate.