Welcome to My Classroom
Teacher: Karen L. Jones
After graduating from Medina in 1992 (Karen D'Amico), I studied at Ithaca College for a year; then, after some time off, attended the University of Pittsburgh, where I received first a Bachelor's Degree in Writing, and then, after working in the private sector, returned to Pitt for a Masters in the Art of Teaching. I completed my studies by becoming a Fellow with the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project. It was after that intensive writing institute that I returned home to Medina to teach, filling the shoes of one of my favorite teachers, Mrs. Nancy Blake. I've been back home since 1999, and am so blessed to work in the school and community where I grew up.
I teach 10th and 12th, covering English 10, Creative Writing, College Prep English, and College Composition (a GCC class we offer here). I've also taught at Genesee Community College for ten years and at Upward Bound at the College at Brockport since 2014.
Outside of school, I edit the literary and arts magazine Oak Orchard Review, and with my husband Ric, run the website One Stop Medina. We live in Shelby, where we spend our time raising our three boys, Nicholas, Ryder, and River; fixing up our farmhouse, raising animals for fun; and making all the gardens bigger and better every year. And of course, writing. Poetry, prose, fiction, and the occasional letter to the editor.