Karen joined the BA QTS primary undergraduate teaching team at St Mary’s University in September 2008. Prior to this, Karen was teaching in a large primary school in South London and leading PSHE and Citizenship. She has taught in primary schools in London for many years. Her interests lie in inclusion and celebrating diversity.
From 2005 - 2007, Karen was managing and moderating a nationwide teacher education programme in Ethiopia, working as a VSO volunteer. During this time, Karen also worked with many NGOs and projects supporting and teaching disadvantaged groups, in particular street children. She has completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Development Management (Capacities for Managing Development) through the Open University.
Karen completed MA Psychology (Education) whilst working as a SENCO in school. Her dissertation topic was exploring the effects of empathy on primary school children. A particular interest in behaviour issues and raising self-esteem led to this choice of focus. Karen completed the PGCHE, at St Mary's, which involved module design and evaluation and developing teaching, learning and assessment. Karen was the lead author of Primary English Across the Curriculum, published in 2012.