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Meet The Authors

Picture-Perfect Science authors Karen Ansberry and Emily Morgan are both former elementary teachers who've honed their approach to teaching science through their presentation of high-energy, hands-on workshops to teachers nationwide. In addition to writing the Picture-Perfect Science book series, they contribute to the "Teaching Through Trade Books" column for NSTA’s elementary journal, Science & Children, where teachers can find many more ideas for using children’s literature to teach science. Karen and Emily have over 45 years of combined experience in the classroom and as leaders in the field of elementary science professional development. 

Karen Ansberry co-founded Picture-Perfect Science

Karen Ansberry

Karen Ansberry co-founded Picture-Perfect Science to give elementary teachers the tools they need to help students learn to read and read to learn. As a former classroom teacher, she understands that teachers are crunched for time and need high-interest, ready-to-use lessons that integrate literature, reading strategies, and science. After graduating from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio with a bachelor’s degree in biology, she completed an internship in the Cincinnati Zoo’s education department.  This experience inspired her to change her career focus from wildlife biology to elementary education, and after earning a Master of Arts in teaching from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, she began teaching fifth and sixth grade science at Mason City Schools, in Mason, Ohio. She served as the Elementary Science Curriculum Leader there for 16 years, and now works with Emily to develop teacher-friendly, standards-based science lessons and facilitate Picture-Perfect Science workshops. She is also a co-author of Teaching Science Through Tradebooks, published by NSTA Press. Karen lives in Lebanon, Ohio with her husband, two sons, two daughters, and two dogs.

Emily Morgan

Emily Morgan

Emily Morgan feels that tapping into students’ fascination with science will give them the motivation to read about it. She believes that every teacher is a reading teacher and enjoys writing lessons that use engaging picture books and integrate reading strategies. Emily has a bachelor’s degree in education from Wright State University and a master’s in education from the University of Dayton. She taught seventh grade science at Northridge Local Schools in Dayton, Ohio, and second through fourth grade science lab at Mason City Schools in Mason, Ohio. She has served as a science consultant for the Hamilton County Educational Service Center in Cincinnati, Ohio and as the science leader for the High AIMS Consortium. She is currently spending her time writing and facilitating elementary science workshops for teachers nationwide. She is also the author of the award-winning Next Time You See nonfiction picture book series, and a co-author of Teaching Science Through Tradebooks, both from NSTA Press. Emily lives in West Chester, Ohio with her husband, son, and an ever-growing assortment of critters.