Karen Cares formed in February 2016, inspired by the generous life of Karen Theodore Carpenter. Karen spent her career as a teacher and later teacher consultant in the Special Education departments at Monroe County ISD, Plymouth Canton Community Schools, and Jackson ISD.
Tragically, pancreatic cancer cut short both her life and career, her work unfinished. Inspired by her dedication to her students and her giving spirit (her wedding doubled as a charity fundraiser!), Karen Cares will carry on her legacy by supporting current and former special education students as they seek to further their education.
Donations to Karen Cares will support the establishment of a scholarship fund, annually benefitting one or more students from any of the three districts where she spent her career.
Karen was a lifelong Michigander, growing up in Westland, raising her family in Canton, and eventually settling in Jackson with her husband, John. She was a career-long educator, first as a special education teacher, then a stay-at-home mom, again as a special education/resource room teacher, and finally as a teacher consultant.
At work, she encouraged her students to pursue their own, sometimes varied definitions of success. She attended graduation every year, a champion for her students from day one all the way through graduation and beyond.
At home, she was devoted to her family and eager to experience the world - whether a performance at a local theater, or a trip across the country.
In every aspect of her life, she was generous with her time, her money, and her enthusiasm.
Karen Cares is a registered Michigan Nonprofit Corporation which supports health and educational causes championed by Karen Theodore Carpenter during her lifetime
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