Karen Elliott is the Early Learning Coordinator for the Ready Set Read program at Communities in Schools of Tacoma. With her background in Military medical and educational systems, Special Education advocacy, and a PhD. in life, Karen comes to CIST ready to support our preschoolers and their families. Karen is Mom to two typical kids and a child who has Down Syndrome. Having followed her now retired husband during his military career, Karen brings boots on the ground perspective to what it is to move often, research and use resources in the new location, and get it all running so her family and career can function and thrive.

Karen is from Texas, has 5 chihuahuas, likes to cook, sew and coach the JBLM Tigers Special Olympics cheering team.