Karen Ansberry co-authored Picture-Perfect Science Lessons to give science teachers the tools they need to help students learn to read and read to learn. As a former classroom teacher, she understands that teachers are crunched for time and need high-interest, ready-to-use lessons that integrate literature, reading strategies, and science. After graduating from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio with a bachelor's degree in biology, she completed an internship in the Cincinnati Zoo's education department. This experience inspired her to change her career focus from wildlife biology to elementary education, and after earning a Master of Arts in teaching from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, she began teaching fifth and sixth grade science at Mason City Schools, in Mason, Ohio. Karen enjoys developing teacher-friendly, standards-based science lessons and facilitating high-energy, interactive teacher workshops.