Hi, I’m Karen Vaites (rhymes with dates*).
I’m a passionate K–12 education entrepreneur and an unapologetic evangelist for the truly excellent practices and products that have shown an ability to improve student outcomes.
I’ve built 6 startups, grown three pioneering nonprofits, visited 36 countries, raised one amazing first grader, and kept up with zero Kardashians.
I dork out about education research and how we can bring it into practice, and my mind thinks in memes. If loving memes about curriculum is wrong, I don’t wanna be right.
Most of what I know about education, I know from my amazing Mom, a stellar principal-turned-curriculum-director, and the rest I know from teachers, coaches, CAOs, superintendents, and math and literacy experts kind enough to school me.
‘If there is a book you want to read, and it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.’
– Toni Morrison
* Ask me about my paternal great-grandfather, whose traditional Lithuanian name – Vaišvįlas – received a hatchet job on his way through Ellis Island. They dropped a few consonants, added a T, and left one too many vowels, rendering my name unpronounceable for all of my teachers growing up, and pretty much everyone else. #AmericanStories