Karen has been an educator for the past 24 years. She started her career in Early Childhood Education. She taught Fifth and Sixth grade. Karen then became a Gifted Specialist. Karen has provided professional development on the following topics: Gifted Education, Gifted Learners, Tech Tools for the Elementary Classroom, Kindergarten Best Practices, S.T.E.M. Activities, Mindfulness, Mindfulness Meditation, Mindfulness in the Classroom, and Mindfulness and Test Prep, Breathing LIFE back into the Classroom. Karen has presented Professional Development all over Bergen County as well as Nationally. Karen has served as the Vice President of the Bergen County Consortium for Teachers of the Gifted. Her devotion to bringing peace and security to her students brought her to the study of mindfulness and mindful meditation. Karen’s training of mindfulness includes the completion of the Fundamentals of Mindfulness, Mindfulness Curriculum Training, The Five Core Skills of Mindfulness, Yoga and Mindfulness Tools for Children and Adolescents, Dealing with Difficult Emotions, Trauma Informed Professionals.
Karen received her mindfulness certification from Mindful Schools in 2018. Mindfulness meditation is a daily part of Karen’s life. Karen has been teaching educators, students, and families how to incorporate mindfulness into their lives. Volunteerism is an important part of Karen’s life. Her family currently sponsors a child from Guatemala. She donates a lot of her time volunteering at shelters for women and children. Karen is also a platinum brand partner with Vasayo! She is helping her clients achieve optimal health through her wellness products! She is leading a team of over 500 people to have financial freedom with the opportunity of Vasayo.
She has been happily married to her high school sweetheart, Joe, for the past 23 years. She has been blessed with three amazing children; Vincent is her oldest biological son. Carlos is her middle child and was adopted from Guatemala. Faith, who is her youngest, was adopted from South Korea. She also has a Bulldog puppy, Nina and a Jack Russell, Paulie