Karen Ladd teaches art at Sanborn Regional High School in Kingston, NH. In 2008, she was nominated for NH’s Teacher of the Year and in 2014 was presented with NEA-NH’s Christa McAuliffe Leadership Award. At Sanborn, Karen is a Professional Learning Community Facilitator and Labor-Management Committee member. As a member of the Arts Task Force, Karen helped create Model Graduation Competencies for the NH Department of Education. She is an active member of the Sanborn Regional Education Association, serving in various roles since 2004, including President and Chief Negotiator. Currently, Karen is in her first term on the NEA-NH State Executive Board, where she is on the Membership and Communications Committees and also serves as secretary and board member for Open Democracy Action New Hampshire.
She holds a M.Ed. in Creative Arts and Learning from Lesley University and a B.A. in Art Education from St. Lawrence University. Having grown up in Vermont in a hard-working blue collar family of farmers, public servants, and small business owners, Karen is keenly aware of the challenges so many face in life and is committed to fight for strong community values and social and economic equality. Karen can often be found hiking, skiing, or snowshoeing in Pawtuckaway State Park or on the trails around Lake Massabesic, traveling to Europe and around New England, painting, drawing, or throwing pots.