Howdy Y’all!

If you think that teaching science and math is rocket…well….rocket science, I’ve got good news for you. It’s not… I pinkie promise!

I’ve been there and I’ve done that. And…I’m here to help. That’s right… #ivegotyourback

Ten years ago (after having already taught for eleven years), I found myself teaching math for the first time ever. Needless to say, I was very much out of my comfort zone. Fast forward another five years, and I was suddenly in a second-grade self contained classroom… for the first time! I was a veteran teacher (years wise), but in so many ways I was brand-spanking new. I’d never taught little people, never been in a self-contained classroom, and never, ever taught science.

Can you say #clueless?

Growing up, I was always a social studies and reading kind of kid, and that is what I excelled at. But life doesn’t always hand us the easy stuff. So, what did I do when I found myself in unfamiliar territory? Well, I dug my heels in, and I learned my subjects. I soon came to understand that little people really love science. Eventually, I went back to school and earned my M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Science Education.

I’m Karen, and my passion is creating engaging and easy-to-implement science and math products for the elementary classroom. After years of struggling with what I felt were substandard curriculum materials that are often provided by school districts, I began creating my own materials for use in my own classroom. I then started sharing my products as a way to help other teachers that struggle with either their own science and math confidence levels or with finding affordable, quality instructional materials.

Thus, Little Smarticle Particles was born… because teaching science and math doesn’t have to be hard.

Fast Facts about me:
I’ve been married 26 years! YIKES!
I live on a farm in North East Texas. We raise beautiful Dorper Sheep, the occasional goat and cow, and have entirely too many dogs.
I love me some classic rock-n-roll….Zeppelin, Skynard, Hendrix….my siblings taught me well.


I have two kids: Thing One is currently overseas serving her country in the United States Marine Corps (#oohrah), and Thing 2 is a senior in high school who has the ability to really make me laugh.


Meet Saga, just one of the several dogs that call the Hester farm home. She just had a litter of six puppies!

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If you are ready to make science and math rock in your class join me!

Thanks for stopping by!