Teaching & Learning




Originally from Chicago, with the accent to prove it, Karen lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two kids. She is a certified literacy specialistcredentialed teacher, part-time entrepreneur, and full-time school administrator who has taught grades 7-12 at public and independent schools in New York City, Chicago, and LA for the past two decades.


For almost 20 years, Karen has been immersed in schools as a classroom teacher, instructional leader, and ed tech practitioner/consultant, helping students, teachers, and families leverage their strengths to achieve short and longterm educational goals.


Karen's straightforward, research-based approach to teaching and learning, as well as her contagious enthusiasm, sets her apart as an expert in the field and a trusted advocate for families and educators. 

Consultant, Speaker, Entrepreneur

Karen speaks across the country at everything from national conferences to neighbors' living rooms. She consults for a variety of businesses, including edtech startups and family-friendly apps. She is also the founder of Bear & Bud Book Club, a collection of printable activity guides that pairs incredible books with cool crafts to inspire a love of reading in kids from pre-k to tweens. 

Highlights from Bear & Bud Book Club's Celebration of books
Karen's areas of interest and expertise include:


E-Reading: Digital Tools to Support Reading Comprehension

Classroom Management Strategies for Bell to Bell Teaching

Experiential Learning


Social Emotional Learning 

Cultural Competency Curriculum Development

Parent Education


Contact Karen

For more information on scheduling, fees for workshops, consulting, and speaking, please complete the form below.