Hello! I committed to graduate from Floyd County High School in 1998.  From there, I furthered my education at Emory and Henry College where I was also on the basketball and volleyball teams.  After graduating with my Bachelors Degree in Physical Education, I began teaching for Floyd Elementary School as a Preschool Special Education teacher.  While teaching, I earned my Masters Degree from Radford University in Special Education.  After teaching for six years in Floyd, I decided to run a licensed daycare from my home. 
In 2011, I began my teaching career with Radford City Schools as a Reverse Inclusion Preschool teacher.  As part of my coursework to maintain my teaching license, I took classes to become certified in regular education.  In 2017, I transitioned into the role as one of the Virginia Preschool Initiative teachers.  I love teaching young students.   They are excited to learn, have so much energy, and are like little sponges who soak up information provided to them in a fun, playful environment.
I was inspired to become a teacher by all the wonderful teachers I had in school.  To this day, I can still name every one of my teachers from my elementary years!  Many of them became like second mothers to me.  Even in high school, I would go visit my elementary school and help former teachers prepare for the new school year.  Teaching also runs in my family as my aunt was a high school math teacher and my grandfather was a college math professor.
Karen Radford
Virginia Preschool Initiative teacher
Endorsed in Early/Primary Education, Early Childhood Special Education, Drivers Education, and Health and Physical Education
Emory & Henry
Radford University, MS