Karen Hopkins has been on the Maine Hands & Voices Board since the beginning of our chapter. She teamed up with a parent to bring Hands & Voices to Maine over nine years ago. Professionally, Karen is the Director of Statewide Education and Family Services at The Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. She has worked in the field of Deaf Education for over 25 years and has educational background in Deaf Education, Early Childhood Education, Special Education, Elementary Education and Educational Leadership. Karen supports Hands & Voices by serving on the H&V HQ board. She is involved in national initiatives for Deaf children including the Deaf Mentor Learning Community, Early Intervention Advisory groups and stays active in National Hands & Voices events. In Maine she is the principle investigator for Maine's federal HRSA Grant, is on the Maine Newborn Hearing Program Advisory Board and is actively involved with Maine's Child Development Services to support the growth of Maine's Early Intervention system for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children in Maine. Having grown up deaf in Northern Maine where there were very few options for deaf children, she believes in the importance of deaf children and their families meeting Deaf adults and having resources available to them. She believes in fostering the language and social emotional development of Deaf children and feels honored to have worked with so many parents of Deaf and hard of hearing children over the years. She currently lives in Scarborough and is married to her husband Scott and has three children, Andrew, Alyssa and Adrianna.
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