Karen Smith

Karen Smith
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.

Permission to Slow Down, Please!

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...

Hi, My Name is Karen and I Do NOT Want to Speak to Your...

It has come to my attention that my name has become somewhat of a viral sensation, for all the wrong reasons. If you or someone you know is named Karen, surely you have seen...

The Night My Son Escaped: A Tale of Sleepwalking

It was midnight on the night before the first day of school. I had finally set my "first-day teacher jitters" aside and fallen asleep when a sudden loud noise jolted me out of bed....

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

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...

Working on Our Happiness is Too Much Work!

I’m tired of books that tell me to “wash my face” and “stop apologizing.” I’m over hearing about how I need to be “brave” or a “warrior.” I don’t want to start a “project”...
lunch types

What’s Everyone Packing Their Kids for Lunch? A Teacher Tells All!

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...

Oh My Gosh, Can This Get Any More Awkward?!

Did you know that March 18th is National Awkward Moments Day? That’s right folks, an entire day dedicated to our most cringe-worthy times in life. When I first learned of this random holiday, I...
behavior charts

Dear Teachers, Can We Be Done With The Public Behavior Charts?

Once upon a time, I was a newbie first-grade teacher who relied on a behavior chart to keep my class full of rambunctious 6-year-olds on task. There was a pocket chart hung in front...

I’m Jealous of My Husband During the Holidays

The holiday season is upon us and it's that magical time of year where a mom's load of responsibilities begins to multiply. Sure, we're all a lot busier during the holidays with special events,...

How Do We Foster a Love for Democracy in the Next Generation?

Here in the United States of America, we have the unique birthright to be able to choose the leaders who represent us. We are blessed with so many freedoms and opportunities that people around...