Karen Braswell currently resides in Greensboro, North Carolina. For seven years, she was the wife of Charles Braswell until he died unexpectedly due to complications during surgery in December 2011.

Karen has been an educator at the middle school and college levels for nearly 22 years. After 17 years of middle school teaching, she will transition into an administrative role beginning 2018. Karen earned a Bachelor of Arts in Professional English and a Master of Arts in English and Afro-American Literature from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in 1992 and 1993, respectively. She earned an Educational Specialist degree in Teacher Leadership from Walden University in 2013. In May of 2018, she will receive her Master of Education in Educational Leadership from High Point University.

When she is not teaching or in class, Karen is an active member of her church and serves in the music and culinary ministries. She enjoys reading, eating delicious food, laughing, listening to music, cooking, singing, and spending time with her village. One of her personal goals is to run a marathon when she turns 50.

In 2016, she was a contributing author for the book, Your Personal GPS: How to Navigate Life Challenges and Roadblocks. In her chapter, “Rerouting,” Karen wrote about navigating grief and finding the way to recovery after a loss. Since that opportunity, she has been passionate about finding healing and recovery through the “complicated blessings” widowing brings, while encouraging other widows on their own journey to wholeness.