Karen Kershner – E.L.P. Teacher

I grew up in small-town Ohio where I spent lots of time on my grandparents’ farm with a large extended family. I received my elementary education degree in 1995 and went on to be a Title I reading teacher and an intervention specialist. After two years, I moved to Tucson and began teaching first grade at Mesquite Elementary in the Vail School District where I stayed for four years. While teaching at Mesquite, I earned my Masters Degree in Educational Leadership.

When Sycamore was opening, I had the opportunity to be on the planning committee, site council, and leadership team and taught first grade and kindergarten during the first three years. I took some time off to stay at home with my three daughters and our family moved out here to be a part of the Vail community that I loved so much. After living here for a year, I returned to Sycamore to teach kindergarten and first grade. This is is my third year as the ELP and Enrichment teacher and my 16th year teaching in the district.

I absolutely love being the Extended Learning Program and Enrichment teacher at Sycamore and Copper Ridge. I believe that students should be given the opportunity to reach their full potential with motivating and challenging learning activities. I am excited to continue working with our ELP students during engaging lessons that foster their critical thinking, creativity, and problem solving skills.