Karen Leland Libby

Instructor of English, Interlochen Arts Academy

Instructor of English, The American School in Switzerland


Master of English Education, University of Georgia; Post-Graduate Study, Oxford University, UK; M.A., English, University of Rhode Island; B.A., Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Illinois; Undergraduate Study, Nottingham Trent University, UK

Karen came to Interlochen in August of 2006 from TASIS England, an American school near London. Karen has also spent many summers teaching English and Academic Writing at TASIS, The American School in Switzerland. Since coming to Interlochen, Karen has taught British Literature, Middle Eastern Literature, English as a Language, Academic Writing, Writing About the Arts, and Creating Children's Literature. Karen was awarded a semester sabbatical for independent study related to Middle Eastern Literature.  During her fall 2017 sabbatical trip to Israel she was a student in "The Holy Land and the Arts" at St. George's College Jerusalem, led by Barbara Drake Boehm, Senior Curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Karen is currently pursuing a Certificate in Middle Eastern Studies at The University of Michigan. She is also a member of the 2018 Bridge Program of iEARN's Stevens Initiative, a network that facilitates collaboration between teachers and students in the USA and the Middle East. In addition to teaching, Karen is writing several children's and young adult books. Karen minored in voice at the University of Illinois where she sang with the Women's Glee Club and later the Choral Guild of Atlanta. Karen has a strong interest in International Education and has chaperoned student trips throughout England, France, Switzerland, Italy, and Greece.