By the age of thirteen, Karen Anderson had spent almost half her life living in foreign countries. Her father’s job took her to Brussels for a year and then to Mexico City for five. Her experience at the American School Foundation in Mexico City taught her to look at the world through multiple lenses, and to value individual differences in culture, language and ethnicity as powerful learning experiences. Upon returning to the United States, Karen’s family landed in Portland, Oregon and then in Chicago, where Karen attended Northwestern University. The diversity of experiences in her background had created an interest in the study of society, culture and language, which led to degrees in Performance Studies and Latin American Studies.
After college, Karen lived in San Francisco and then Los Angeles. Working in the corporate world, she honed analytic and communication skills as a Buyer and Inventory Analyst. During this time, she was also acting in and producing theatre. While working with children in a bilingual production of The Little Prince, Karen started to think about a career in Education.
Karen attended the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education and received a Master of Arts in Education as well as her California Bilingual Teaching Credential. Since then, she has worked closely with Dr. Sandra Kaplan in her work in Gifted Education. Karen has taught teachers, demonstrated lessons and led sessions at multiple conferences and symposiums in Gifted Education for LAUSD, and the California Association for the Gifted. She taught at Euclid Avenue Bilingual/GATE Magnet for LAUSD, and then taught Dual-Language elementary at Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School. She also teaches as an Adjunct Professor for USC in the Masters Program. She enjoys working with teachers to integrate strong pedagogical practices to a variety of curriculum across grade levels, making connections between theory and practice.
Karen enjoys gardening, cooking, going to concerts and theatre and spending time with her son, Oscar (3), and her husband, Scott. Karen is thrilled to begin a new chapter at Stephen S. Wise, where she looks forward to integrating her experience with that of the incredible teachers and staff. “The important thing is not to stop questioning.” Albert Einstein.