Karen moved to southern Oregon to become the School Director at Madrone Trail after serving as Interim Director of Education at Mountain Phoenix Community School in Wheat Ridge CO. She taught as a Waldorf kindergarten teacher for fifteen years and founding a school in east Tennessee called The Schoolhouse where she both taught and was the administrator. She raised her two children with deep inspiration from both Waldorf education and Anthroposophy, the philosophy that stands behind Waldorf education. Her daughter, Jenna, is now a librarian at Kenyon College in Ohio and her son, Ben, is in medical school in Tennessee.
Karen has been an artist and craft person since she was twelve years old and has a public art sculpture in Alexandria Virginia called “Three Eggs in Space.” She loves to donate her art work to support schools and children as she feels that healthy money is like healthy water, it needs to keep moving.
Her educational background includes two undergraduate degrees in philosophy and fine art, two Master’s degrees in philosophy and architecture, and a Certificate of Completion in Waldorf Administration from Antioch University. She received her Waldorf Early Childhood Certificate from Sunbridge College, and recently started both a Master’s in Waldorf Education and the Waldorf High School Teacher Certification program.