Karen is a Tri-Cities mom of three, and a local performing arts educator. Over the past decade she has taught theatre programs in many SD43 schools and is an Early Childhood Music Specialist, working in early learning centres weekly throughout the Tri-Cities and Vancouver area.
Originally from Toronto, Karen studied musical theatre, and has a degree in Music Education from Wilfrid Laurier University as a Voice Major.
Additionally, she has trained at the Royal Conservatory of Music in the Pedagogy of Early Childhood Music Education. Recently, Karen has also begun to take tap dancing classes to fulfill a lifelong dream of having fun in tap shoes!
Currently, Karen teaches the SPARKLES, RED and YELLOW Music Classes at Place des Arts in Coquitlam, as part of the Musical Rainbow Program offered there weekly for young learners, 18 months thru to 6 years old. It is her firm belief that every child is worthy of having meaningful musical experiences in their lives and that an early engagement with music helps to shape and impact young learners at every level of development.
"My son loves going to school at Creative Kids because he feels safe and valued by his teachers and because he is provided with so many opportunities to learn through work & play, develop new skills that help to foster a sense of independence and to learn new information about the world around him. The teachers at Creative Kids Montessori provide wonderful care to the children and they carefully plan a program that is meaningful, engaging and fun. They do this while honouring the children's’ innate sense of curiosity and desire to learn."
"Creative Kids Montessori is absolutely wonderful! Our daughters thrived and loved every minute of their time there. The programing is both educational and engaging with a focus on Montessori, Arts, Literacy. We felt lucky to have our girls in such an inspirational, supportive and loving childcare surrounded by dedicated teachers."
Joanne and Neil McDewarParents
"We’ve been so fortunate to have our son attend Creative Kids Montessori & Fine Arts Academy. Creative Kids is comprised of a very dedicated, experienced, and knowledgeable staff. Their approach with their students is one of respect, patience, and care. As parents we are elated with our son’s progress in various skills and habits, and for these reasons would recommend without hesitation that all parents consider Creative Kids Montessori Preschool/Daycare."
"Our sons last two years at Creative Kids Montessori have been filled with incredible learning experiences. Not only has he learned to count, read and write, but he has overcome many social challenges. I am very thankful for the teacher's compassion, love and patience. They really made a difference."
Tanis & Doug HurtParents
"As a parent of 2 1/2 and 4 year olds enrolled at Creative Kids Montessori, it is with great confidence that I recommend this school. If you are in search of a nurturing, educational and well-rounded child-care program, look no further. Teamed with experienced and caring teachers, my children receive the best in Montessori education. Not only do my children come home having obtained valuable educational tools, but they come away happy and confident."
“It is true that each one of us has not always been a grown-up person. We have, each of us, been a child. From the child has come our personality, our humanity. ”