Karen is an Assistant Professor of Literacy at Marian University, teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses in Literacy. After 18 years as an elementary classroom teacher and gifted intervention specialist in Cincinnati, Karen moved to Indiana where she spent four additional years supporting teachers in their development of teaching students to read. She was hired by the MA Rooney Foundation as an Orton-Gillingham coach for teachers in grades K-2 in an Indianapolis Public School. She then took that knowledge to the district level in IPS as a Reading Coach and then Multi-Classroom Leader. She continues to work closely with the MA Rooney Foundation as a trainer. She lives in Franklin Township with her husband, three children, and two step-sons.