Karen Kershner – First Grade 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 Arizona 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 now first grade.This will be my 11th year teaching first grade in the district.

One of the best rewards of being a first grade teacher is seeing how excited students get when they learn something new and realize “I know this now!” or “I CAN do this!”. I believe that all students can be successful, if we work together as a community to provide a safe and caring learning environment in which students are able make social, emotional, and academic growth.

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