Karen Taylor has been in education for 30 plus years, the majority spent as a classroom teacher or instructional coach for school districts in Texas and Arkansas. Karen served 6 years as a professional developer for the Arkansas Department of Education in a state lead role as a developer of professional learning for instructional coaches. While there, she trained and supported state specialists who deliver instructional coaching training. During her tenure, Karen also traveled as a consultant sharing her expertise in the area of 6+1 Traits of Writing and coaching within school districts and regional education cooperatives. She served an additional four years as a regional literacy and dyslexia specialist for Dawson Education Cooperative supporting schools in building capacity to improve instruction and student achievement. Karen cherishes opportunities to learn and work alongside educators on the journey to create lifelong learners.
Karen holds undergraduate degrees in Elementary and Learning Disabilities Education as well as a MA in Mildly Handicapped Education from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. She later accomplished post-graduate work for certification as a reading specialist from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock.