Karen Smith

Karen Smith
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Karen was born in Ohio but spent most of her childhood in Florida. She attended the University of Florida, where she met her husband, and she got her Master’s in Elementary Education at the University of South Florida. She taught first grade in Tampa until her oldest son was born. Her plans to return to the classroom changed when her husband’s job brought them to Pennsylvania where they welcomed another son. The following years brought them to Raleigh and then St. Augustine. After spending two years substitute teaching in St. Johns County, Karen is now teaching VPK at a local preschool. She enjoys days on the water with her family, reading “chick lit” with a glass of wine, pretending to be Ina Garten in the kitchen, and cheering on her Gators. She embraces all things #boymom and has never met a doughnut/taco/pasta that she didn’t like.

Allowing Yourself to be Grateful In a Difficult Year

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Well, this year has been a doozy. A global pandemic, economic crash, political and social unrest, climate disasters, and don't even get me started on Tiger King. It's safe to say, we've all had...

3 Constants That Will Always Be Good About Brick and Mortar Schools

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If you're anything like me, you've spent many sleepless nights worrying about your decision to send your child back to Brick and Mortar school. While many people around the country wish they were in...

Christmas in July: A Fun Summer Tradition!

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I love Summer! As a teacher, I am blessed to have this time off to spend with my kids. We try to have a mix of relaxing time around the house and planned-out activities....

Ending PreK Without Getting to Say Goodbye

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As a PreK teacher (and mom of two young boys,) my May calendar is usually jam-packed with the end of year checklists, class parties, school carnivals, VPK graduation, student portfolios, and so much more!...

School is Canceled! Ideas for Structuring Your Day With Young Kids

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Like most of the country, our school district (and state) recently announced that schools will be closed for the coming weeks. For some people, this news comes as a relief. For others, this kind...
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Dear Planner, You Complete Me

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Confession: I am in love. It is the type of love that is passionate, fulfilling, and brings unimaginable contentment. It's the kind of relationship that I don't want to imagine my life without, for...

How to Give the Perfect Teacher Gift this Holiday Season

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It's that busy time of year where we are all frazzled and are wracking our brains trying to come up with perfect gifts for everyone on our list. If you are anything like me,...

Permission to Slow Down, Please!

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Recently I had, for lack of a better phrase, a crappy week. Our family cat of 16 years passed away, our air conditioner was in need of a $1,000 repair during a 90-degree heat...

Tips to Preparing Your Child for the First Day of Pre-K

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The start of the school year is almost here! If you are the parent of a little one who is getting ready to start Pre-K, it can be exciting and nerve-racking. If this is...
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What’s Everyone Packing Their Kids for Lunch? A Teacher Tells All!

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As a mom, my lunch packing game always starts strong at the beginning of the school year. You want your sandwich cut in the shape of a train? You got it! Fresh fruit and...