Mrs. Karen Simmons was born and raised in Bethlehem, Pa and taught there for 12 years. She graduated from Butler University with a BS in Elementary Education. She and her husband, Gene, live in Stuart and have raised two boys. She loves the beach, reading, creating, dancing, and having fun!
She was a teacher in Palm Beach County for 30 years. Her philosophy in the classroom was to teach hands-on and to make learning the skills fun for students of all abilities. This passion for teaching her students to be creative led to her partnership in business with another teacher, forming The Bag Ladies Inc. These two teachers have published 4 books and 26 thematic units for teachers. They present all over the United States demonstrating ways to keep creativity alive in the classrooms of today and motivating teachers in making the student portfolios and projects that hold notes, ideas, and skill practice. This business continues now.
Having retired from Beacon Cove in 2016, Mrs. Simmons has joined Brush Strokes and More to teach classes in art journaling. Because of her love of teaching, writing, and creating, the classes combine these elements of art in numerous ways. Thus far she has used acrylics, watercolors, pastels, gelli plates, textures, collage, sculptures, stencils, stamps, and more.