Karen Hampton was born in
New York and lived on the East Coast for her first 21 years. In 1968 she moved to San Francisco where she met her husband,
Monty. They raised two daughters in California.
Karen received her BA from Notre Dame de Namur
University and followed two paths: one in medical assisting/secretarial and one in education. As an educator, she founded
and directed Holy Family Children's Center in Half Moon Bay, California (1988 - 1997), and served as the Director of Community
Education for the San Mateo Community College District (1998 - 2003). Currently she is a consultant for the National Association
for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Accreditation.
has always enjoyed writing, keeping diaries and travel journals in her youth and adult life. She began collecting information
about her father's profession after
in a 1977 Creative Writing class in Palo Alto. She has edited school newsletters and written articles on early childhood education
published in professional newsletters and journals, and in a local newspaper, The Beachcomber. This is her first
She lives in El Granada, California with her husband, pursuing hobbies, traveling, and
spending time with her three grandsons.