Karen Meador enjoys studying, writing about, and sharing children's picture books. She collects her favorites and uses them with children, in consulting, and in university classes. Dr. Meador has taught courses in children's literature, creativity, early childhood education, elementary education, and gifted and talented education at various colleges and universities. She prides herself on a creative presentation style and the ability to train teachers to encourage thinking among their students.
Dr. Meador has also been a teacher in first, second, and third grades and has taught piano to all ages. She has also served kindergarten through fourth grade students in a gifted resource room. She worked with middle school students for several summers at the Louisiana Creative Scholars' Program and taught preschool music in early childhood centers. Her past field-based teaching and current consulting work allow her to maintain her connections with teachers and their students. Dr. Meador states, [I cannot write about children unless I seize every opportunity to be inside their classrooms, their learning centers, and their young minds.]
Dr. Meador lives in San Marcos, Texas, with her husband Don. They are building a home on their property, Dreamcatcher Ranch, and hope their two grown children will come to visit.