Karen is a third-generation teacher who began her home schooling journey with Sculley Academy in 1996, focusing on teaching her six children, the biggest joys and blessings of her life. Her oldest son received his Master’s in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech and works for a high-tech startup. Her second son is pursuing his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at Georgia Tech. Her third son received his B.S. in Philosophy from Toccoa Falls College, a Paralegal Certificate from the University of Georgia, and works for a national distributor. Her oldest daughter is studying Chemical Engineering at Georgia Tech. One of her youngest daughters graduated from Sculley Academy in spring 2018 and works as a restaurant server. Her other youngest daughter is a senior at Sculley Academy and has been accepted to study Communications at Liberty University in Fall 2019. Karen also taught two other middle school students full time at Sculley Academy for three and one years respectively.
Karen earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Queensland (Australia) (as did her husband!), studied piano to the highest level under the Australian Music Examinations Board, and completed two years of training in spiritual direction. She and her husband / best friend / constant supporter Paul recently celebrated 33 years of marriage. They serve together on the leadership team of the Liberty Vineyard Church in Lilburn, where she leads Bible studies / Awana Club / Vineyard Institute classes / Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University, plays on the worship team & for children's choir, and serves as webmaster. Karen enjoys teaching all kinds of topics to every age and stage in a wide variety of settings, including churches, clubs, camps, conferences, seminaries, and schools. She lived in Australia from age 7 to 25, and her family lived as missionaries in Russia for almost 2 years before her children began their college studies.
She is passionate about helping young people find God`s direction for their life and teaching them how to think with discernment in order to impact our culture for Christ. More than anything, she desires to glorify God with her life as she equips, encourages, and empowers others to follow Jesus wholeheartedly and love God with all of their heart, soul, mind, and strength.