Karen Doyle, a lifelong Alaskan, has been working with children, parents, and teachers for more than 23 years. She recently retired from teaching second graders in Wasilla. Karen has taught first grade through middle school; and also at the university level teaching two very different subjects to educators: Art and Reading Instruction. A long time advocate for the Arts, getting children to create and appreciate good art is a passion of hers. Yet, up until her retirement, much of her recent personal professional development, including earning a Masters in Reading from University of Alaska Southeast, has focused on ways to help struggling readers find success. Many struggling readers are exceptional artists. She's found that combining quality art and reading instruction results in more successful readers and extraordinary young artists. By becoming a mentor with the Alaska Statewide Mentor Project, Karen hopes to guide early career teachers to become exceptional educators and to share her love of the Arts and Literature.