Born and raised in Hays, Kansas, Karen Burrows holds BAs in English and philosophy and an MA in English from FHSU. She teaches junior high and high school English in Satanta, Kansas, where she also coaches junior high quiz bowl and track. In the classroom, she is passionate about encouraging young people to think carefully, critically, creatively, logically, and independently. She particularly loves teaching American literature. Outside the classroom, you'll find her running, reading, baking, chasing her two daughters, and volunteering with projects that encourage literacy and healthy living. She contributed to Teaching Hope: Stories from the Freedom Writer Teachers and Erin Gruwell; Scholastic's On the Record series for young readers; and Activating Common Core Essentials, a curriculum guide to be published in 2013.