Karen Rowan is a teacher, author and speaker on TPRS® (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling, formerly known as Total Physical Response Storytelling). Her presentations are based on the research and teachings of Dr. Stephen Krashen, co-creator of the Natural Approach; and Blaine Ray, inventor of TPRS.
Karen is the author of Pearson / Prentice Hall's TPR Stories for Paso a paso I and II (2000/2001) and TPRStories for Realidades I and II (2004/2005).
She co-authored TPRS® Gestures and Mini-Situations for Look, I Can Talk More with Blaine Ray (2001), and edited Look, I'm Really Talking by Joe Neilson and Blaine Ray. She also contributed the Personalization chapter to Fluency Through TPR Storytelling by Blaine Ray and Contee Seely.
She is the author of El secreto de Isabela, Las aventuras de Isabela, Isabela captura un congo, Carl no quiere ir a Mexico and Don Quijote: el ultimo caballero, which have been translated into English, French and Latin.
Since 1996 Karen has been training and coaching teachers and presenting workshops on adapting the textbook to TPRS. She now presents TPRS® workshops and teaches adult language classes through Fluency Fast Language Classes. Karen was the conference chair for the National TPR Storytelling Conference, from 2001 to 2006 where she was able to combine all of her passions into one massive week-long project.
Karen has taught Spanish since 1995 at both public and private schools in Colorado Springs. As the foreign language department chair at The Colorado Springs School she created and implemented a Pre-school through 12 TPRS® curriculum based on the Colorado State Standards and taught 8th-12th grade Spanish classes. From 2000-2002 she served a two-year term on the CCFLT board of directors. Karen has a BA in Spanish from The Colorado College and an MA in Spanish and pedagogy from the University of Northern Colorado.
She currently teaches Spanish classes for Fluency Fast Language Classes, presents inservices at school districts implementing Comprehension-based language programs and continues writing readers for novice and intermediate language learners. She is part of a team of presenters, including Jason Fritze, Linda Li and Dr. Stephen Krashen, who provide inservices for school districts under the name the CI Teaching Team.
Her greatest talent has always been the ability to surround herself with the most wildly talented teachers in the world and to convince them to collaborate with her. For this reason, Fluency Fast continues to have a reputation for having strong, talented TPRS teachers and she continues to consider herself to be the luckiest and most grateful member of the team.
On-line, Karen teaches Beginning and Intermediate Spanish and several webinars under teacher training on the Fluency Fast website.