Karen Olson Johnson is an experienced educator who has worked on numerous national, state, and local science education projects. The early focal points of her career were the advancement of effective science education and the training of stellar science educators. She currently spends most of her time in writing and speaking. She is the author of two books, Common Sense for Common Good and From Where I See It, both about sustainability. Her second book is the winner of the Midwest Book Awards. Karen is the co-host of a weekly morning talk show on AM950 radio called Food Freedom Radio, which is a lively conversation about the issue that concerns all of us, namely the food we eat.
Karen is the developer and author of an elementary “Hands-on, Minds-on” science educational training manual for grades K through 6, which was used as the basis for an ongoing summer science education institute component at the University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, Minnesota.
She studied marine biology at the University of Miami Field Station in the Florida Keys and has taught classes on sharks, starfish, and squid to hundreds of students. Karen has studied marine animals for decades and has dived more than 150 dive sites in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. She has performed in depth studies on the chiton, an intertidal invertebrate, and has literally swum with sharks.
She has presented lectures, taught classes, developed materials, delivered seminars or run retreats for the Future First Women’s Congress, Science Museum of Minnesota, Bioneers, Altrusa, the Living Green Expo, St. Catherine University, the University of St. Thomas, Hamline University, the Science Teachers Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Project 2061, the Interfaith Earth Day Celebration, the Summer Academy for High Potential Students, and INROADS to name a few, and she sits on the advisory and foundation boards of several environmental and educational based organizations. She has inspired young and old in the wonders and the challenges of knowing science and using this knowledge to better our lives.
Karen is also a patent holding inventor and her ideas have become manufactured products with worldwide distribution. She currently holds several licensing agreements for products that will hopefully soon be a part of your life.
Her two books, Common Sense for Common Good and From Where I See It, both address issues of sustainability and our collective willingness to make this world a better place for all who inhabit the planet. Karen is a Consociate of the Sisters of St. Joseph and volunteers in many capacities in their mission of “Love of God and our dear neighbor without distinction.” She believes that as we are, so is the planet, and we can work together toward a better world for all that share our beloved Earth.