Karen Mead


Karen Mead

First Grade

What inspired you to become a teacher?

My family, my children, Westen and Caitlin inspire me everyday, but it was my mother and grandmother who inspired me to become a teacher. I’ve always felt I looked at life through the eyes of a child and teaching seemed like the right fit.

What adjectives would you use to describe your presence in the classroom?

Creative, enthusiastic, engaging, patient, positive, adaptable and yes silly (just like the kids)

How has becoming a teacher changed for you over the years?

Becoming a teacher helped me be a better parent and more generally prepared in life. I’ve become more patient and embraced the road less travelled, the child who learns in his own way and on his own schedule. I feel more invested in a child’s entire well being-not just their education.

If you weren’t teaching, what career would you have chosen?

My second career path would find me astride a race horse ( winning the Triple Crown) or riding in the Olympics in the Hunter/Jumper division jumping 5 foot fences! Yee-haw!

What impact or legacy do you hope to leave to your students?

I hope my legacy will show years of creating a safe haven for learning, a place where all children can be who they dream of being.

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement as a teacher so far?

My greatest achievement would be the sheer number of children I have taught. 

What are some of the most important life skills you hope to instill in your students?

Acceptance of others, failure is a gift, communicate needs/wants, always choose kindness, use your voice to help those that can’t speak for themselves