Karen is a Montana native but has found home here in Salem, Oregon. She joined the staff at Willson House Child Development Center in 2010, and holds her Bachelor’s degree in Student and Family Ministry and Psychology from Corban University.
Karen has been working with children and families for the past decade in many facets, including founding and directing a successful summer camp for preschool-aged children in Montana. She brings a wealth of experience as director of our center through serving as lead teacher and in administrative roles at several other facilities. As director, Karen ensures that children enjoy a safe and developmentally appropriate learning environment, giving all children room to learn, play, and imagine.
When asked what she does at work, Karen replies with a smile, "I get to play all day! Our center serves children 2.5 through 8 years of age with assistance from our volunteer residents ages 62 or better. Our program fosters a mutually beneficial relationship in a home-like environment that offers a holistic approach for children and seniors. This one-on-one interaction helps keep the kids focused while also helping to keep seniors' cognitive abilities sharp. Years 0-5 are the most formative years in a child’s life and Willson House Child Development Center helps lay the foundation socially, emotionally, physically and mentally for the children who come here."
To learn more about Willson House Child Development Center, email Karen Kilgore, or call her at 503-363-5812.