Karen joined the Foster team as a contract editor in the fall of 2014. She loves that the flexibility of the job allows her to combine her two loves: improving the world’s writing one piece at a time and supporting her overscheduled teenagers’ hectic calendars.
Karen has a B.A. in English from the University of Virginia and a secondary teaching certificate and M.A. in Written Communications from Eastern Michigan University. She was a high school English teacher before her children were born, and she taught community college writing when they were little. Most recently, Karen worked as a consultant to high school English departments across southeast Michigan to help them develop and improve upon their writing curricula. Tired of the federal mandates and state budget cuts that constantly undermine the good work teachers are trying to do, she decided to change her career focus to the professional writing world. For a little fun and perspective, she also occasionally substitute-teaches at her kids’ former elementary school up the street.
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Karen was born in California, but grew up mostly in Virginia. She now calls Ann Arbor, MI, where she has lived for the last 25 years, home. She, her husband, and two daughters visit grandparents in New York, Cape Cod, and Myrtle Beach as often as they can. These days, their travel is mostly related to field hockey tournaments and synchronized skating competitions throughout the Midwest and occasionally in Florida and California. Karen is, naturally, an avid reader and loves to knit when she has the time.
What You Might Find Interesting About Karen
Growing up in Williamsburg, VA, Karen was actively involved in the Colonial scene. She was employed by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation from the ages of 12 to 18 as a colonial dancer, performing in the Capitol building and the music teacher’s shop for tourists and school groups. To this day, she could join a Virginia Reel if the situation called for it.