Karen Vanderburg grew up in Southern California and presently lives in Berkeley with her family. She went to college in the Northwest and then lived abroad in Eastern Europe after graduating with a master’s degree in Comparative Literature. Since her return from Europe, Karen has been teaching high school and middle school students around the Bay Area in both public and private schools for almost twenty years.
As an English teacher, her main interest has always been reading because it challenges her mind and sparks her imagination. She loves to be swept off on an escapade or ponder the predicaments of famous characters. Karen is also an aspiring writer and encourages her students to explore their talents in poetry and short stories. Aside from reading and writing, she loves being outside in nature. There she usually goes running or hiking, but cross-country skiing in the peaceful snows of winter is her absolute favorite.