Karen is excited to be back for her 5th year at Kinard as a counselor. Karen grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska and certainly is a Husker fan, but loves calling Fort Collins home. After getting her Bachelors Degree at the University of Nebraska in social science education she taught in Illinois for two years but then decided to pursue a masters of counseling at CSU. Sunset Middle School in Longmont was her first counseling experience , then after 4 years she moved to the Chicagoland area and counseled at a large high school for 11 years. In 2010, Karen returned to Fort Collins and became a counselor at Thompson Valley High School in Loveland. In 2014 Karen became a part of the Kinard community. Throughout the years she has coached basketball and sponsored a variety of clubs and peer programs. Outside of school Karen is focused on her two kids, Danica, 13, and Nathan, 12 and they enjoy doing outdoor activities, going to Fort Collins events, and being with friends. In addition, Karen loves playing and watching sports.