My name is Karen Finchum, and I am incredibly excited to join PLA this year! I have been married to my amazing husband Michael for 18 years and we have twin boys, Riley and Grayson, who are 10 years old. My educational experience began with working in the children’s ministry at my church as a teenager and I moved into a teaching role about 20 years ago. I attended Middle Tennessee State University, majoring in Early Childhood Education, Go Blue Raiders! My love of history has allowed me the privilege of assisting in educational roles at Oakland’s Historic House & Museum for several years as a volunteer docent. I have been homeschooling my children for the past 5 years and I was also homeschooled through high school. My favorite activities include visiting places steeped in history, reading, gardening, and tending my chickens, lovingly referred to as “The Girls”. My sincere hope this year is to pass on my passion for all things historical to my students!