McDonald - Creative Writer - Tucson, AZ, USA

Karen McDonald

Tucson, AZ, USA


My passion lies in creating the spark that ignites new insight and understanding. I have taught every age group on several continents, have been interviewed on radio and television. Writing turns me on, and I have written many articles in the areas of holistic health and self-help. I am a person of great dedication and enthusiasm. I come from a family of teachers and know that love of learning means that one is at once teacher and student. I have nurtured an ability to create classroom communities where students know they can count on structure, support, and 'out-of-the-box' opportunities to expand their knowledge. As a highly intuitive educator, I also understand the importance of preparing to address multiple styles and levels of learning. I most treasure the cross-cultural opportunities, rewarding because of the potential for increased understanding between people from markedly different backgrounds.
My goal is to work in collaboration with a group of progressive leaders who view all people as possessing incredible, untapped potential. I am actively seeking to relocate.


Creative Writer

  • Full time
  • Part time
  • One time
  • Contract
  • Temp

Work History

Educational Assessor/Researcher

Survey Research Management

March 2009 - September 2010

Conducted literacy and behavioral assessments of young children statewide as part of ADE funded University of Texas research on best curriculum in training of new ECE teachers. Responsible for compiling and cleaning data, keeping deadlines and clinical code of conduct.

ESL, ABE, GED Adjunct Instructor

Pima Comm. College Adult Education

March 2006 - March 2006

Teach English conversation, reading, writing, and listening to adult learners. Levels range from pre-literate to advanced. Provide instruction in group settings of up to 20 students. Design ESL modules to assist clients preparing for U.S. citizenship exam, Oversee testing and self-directed learning in computer lab setting.

Regonal Assesor


March 2005 - September 2007

As certified teacher and trained NAEYC assessor corps, conducted comprehensive school assessments nationwide, that included classroom observation and evaluations of curriculum, management policies/practices and the learning environment, in order to determine if prescribed educational standards of excellence were met.

Project (Field) Coordinator / Teacher Mentor

CFR First Focus on Kids

January 2005 - June 2007

First Focus on Kids Project: Statewide Quality Rating System pilot program As certified Education Specialist, provided training and mentorship for 100+ local teacher and school directors. Conducted pre anad post assessments of school programs. Hired and trained staff, managed budgets and complied outcome based reports for state and local agencies. Organized networking and focus groups for...

Early Education Specialist

Easter Seals Blake Foundation

June 2001 - October 2004

As home visitor and supervisor, conducted and supervised visits to families enrolled in Early Head Start Program. Responsible for developmental assessments, parent education, teacher hiring and training. Partnered with Early Intervention and nursing staff to write IEPs. Participated in extensive management and leadership training.

Personal Development Facilitator

Gift of Insight

January 1993 - January 1993

I present transformational workshops and classes, which I have done in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, France, Portugal, and the US. I also provide intuitive coaching services and lead journaling and sacred writing workshops for women, my focus being the validation of non-ordinary experience. As a group leader, I often integrate Yoga and meditation, having been certified to teach in these...

Qualifications & Certifications


University of Arizona


Goddard College


University of Paris - Sorbonne

Certificate (100 hr.)

Oxford Seminars


Microbusiness Advancement Center / Women's Business Center

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