Karen earned her Master of Music degree and Bachelor of Music degree and Bachelor of Science degree in elementary and secondary education at the University of Southern Mississippi. She has 40+ years of experience as a professional educator. She has taught students from pre-kindergarten through the senior level in college. Karen has taught in both public and private schools throughout her career. She has taught a variety of subjects including math, language arts, reading, writing, science, high school choir, elementary choir, general music, and high school band. She utilizes metacognition strategies to teach students how to evaluate their strengths and learning modalities to develop their own tools to become successful, lifelong learners. Karen applies her love for and talent in music to help her students who are struggling to learn math. Currently, she is working as an elementary at-risk math tutor and co-teacher in math, science, and the gifted and talented for GCISD. She is a test administrator for Oral Administration of STAAR, Benchmarks, and Curriculum-Based Assessments. Karen also continues to pursue her passion for music both as a performer and a clinician/adjudicator. She is a music adjudicator for band solo and ensemble including an all-city judge for district-wide flute auditions. Karen continues to be an adjunct instructor for applied flute at Lee College and provides private flute instruction.