Meet the Founder
Karen Vann, Ed. S.
With 30 years of experience in education and teaching, Karen Vann has been called the “Mary Poppins” of the classroom. Her motto is that reading instruction should be fun and engaging for the students AND Teachers. Mrs. Vann is the creator of the Sunny Little Corner™ curriculum, which through her “Teacher-to-Teacher” program, is currently being used internationally. She is the founder and president of The Reading Academy, LLC, an education consulting firm whose motto is Inspire. Achieve. Motivate. The Sunny Little Corner™ curriculum is current and unique due to combining both, Scientifically-Based Reading Research with Whole Brain Strategies and the fact that it offers a Weekly Teacher Video Guide through virtual professional development. She has written and produced a Phonics CD called The Sunny Little Corner Phonics cd Volume 1 that is featured on YouTube.
Mrs. Vann has a Bachelor’s Degree in both Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Auburn University at Montgomery during which time she was awarded the AUM Outstanding Student Achievement Award. She holds a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Alabama State University where she remained a constant presence on the Dean’s List. She also holds an Education Specialist degree in Teacher Leadership from the University of Montevallo where she was awarded the Outstanding Alumni Award and asked to speak and present at the Meeting of the Minds Symposium. Mrs. Vann is also the recipient of prestigious awards such as the NCAMP Community Service award for environmental changes, and the Spirit of Mt Laurel award. Mrs. Vann has presented to hundreds of teachers, reading coaches, and administrators as she has conducted training sessions for School Systems since 2004, and Regional Inservice Centers. Most recently she presented at the Learning Forward Alabama Conference.
She has been happily married for almost 30 years and has two grown daughters, and 5 grandchildren. Her passion comes from a strong desire to see ALL students and All teachers happy and joyful as they spend their days in a classroom that is bright, cheerful, warm, and engaging…..a Sunny Little Corner!!