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Karen Heitlinger has worked in early childhood at The Music Settlement since 1999. She was initially a classroom instructor and in 2005 moved into the role of Administrator of the Preschool/Day School programs. In 2014, Karen was named Chair of the Center for Early Childhood.

She is a Registered Art Therapist and holds a Master’s degree in Art Therapy from Ursuline College, and Bachelor’s degrees in Child Psychology and Art Education from The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Karen has more than 20 years' experience working with children in a variety of roles; As a classroom instructor, an art therapist, and as a director of expressive arts programs for children and families at Ursuline College and Ruffing Montessori’s summer camp. Children’s joy is what draws her to the field of early childhood: the thrill of discovery, the wonder of new experience, and the honesty of new challenges. She is dedicated to being a resource to children, families, and educators.

Education
MA, Art Therapy, Ursuline College; BS, Child Psychology, The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; BS, Art Education, The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

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