Karen Ann Walstra is a passionate independent educational consultant, who promotes creative and critical thinking, incorporating digital tools and pedagogy, to address educational and learning transformation, assisting schools to adapt to change. She presently works with individual schools and educational organisations exploring strategic thinking, long-term planning and educational change related to future technologies. From, a successful twenty-nine-year career as a classroom teacher to Gr. R-11, and as a Director of Academics. She coordinated, developed and trained on large scale outreach programmes namely St Stithians College's Thandulwazi Teacher and Leader Development Programme from 2005-2015, was Acting Head of the Thandulwazi Maths and Science Academy from Aug. 2017-July. 2018, as well as the trainer and content developer of Click Foundation's Learner Reading project from 2012-2015. She worked for Google from 2014 to April 2017 within the emerging markets "Education Go Digital" and Chrome OS Teams, both globally and across Sub-Saharan Africa. During 2017 to 2019 she also lectured part-time at the University of Pretoria She holds a Masters in Education, from the University of the Witwatersrand, focusing on Educational Technology. She is an accredited Education, Training and Development Assessor and Moderator. She is a PhD candidate, researching Virtual Reality in Education. She has presented at many local and international conferences on both Educational Technology and Design and Technology. She is an author. She is a teacher at heart, wanting to see effective educational transformation.