Faculty

Karen O'Dougherty

Karen O'Dougherty

Founder and Educator

Karen is the mother of three grown children and the founder and lead teacher at Body Basics and Beyond. As a public school teacher, Karen developed the first Body Basics class in 1994 in response to lackluster puberty education curriculum. In 1998, Karen started Body Basics and Beyond, and has since supported thousands of children and their families through puberty and adolescence in classes, parent education classes, coaching and retreats. Karen lives in beautiful Ashland, Oregon with her two dogs, Annie and Abbee.

Jane Higgins

Jane Higgins

Educator

Jane has been a teacher for three decades, inspiring children and adults of all ages with her creative, intelligent and inspiring practices. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Special Ed, was a Waldorf teacher for 9 years, and has extensive experience with a variety of broad-based curriculums, including the gifted and talented, reading recovery, arts and music, math and science, compassionate communication, and outdoor education. Jane also works as a developmental and educational consultant; helping children and adults alike through movement integration. After seeing the confidence, connection and knowledge her own daughter learned after going through the Body Basics classes, she knew she wanted to be part of this crucial education. Jane lives in the mountains of Southern Oregon with her high school daughter.

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