Hello! My name is Karen Thompson. I have been teaching for 18 years, the last 15 for the Roseville Area Schools. This is my first year in Anoka-Hennepin.
For the first nine years of my teaching career I was a classroom teacher in grades 2 and 3. Once I became a mom, I transitioned to a Title I role supporting struggling readers on a part-time basis. A few years ago I became a trained Reading Recovery teacher and focused my work as a reading intervention specialist for grades 1, 2, and 3.
My transition to Anoka-Hennepin has given me an opportunity to, once again, teach high-achieving and gifted learners as a 5th grade Transition Math teacher at Madison Elementary, and provide targeted supplemental math and reading support for students in grades 1, 3, 4 and 5 at Adams Elementary.
My Educational Background
I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Bethel University, a Masters of Education in Teaching and Learning from Saint Mary's University of MN, and Reading Recovery Teacher certification from the University of South Dakota. I recently completed coursework to add a Kindergarten license through Mankato State University as well.
A Little About Me
I live with my husband, our four children, and Bichon-Poodle puppy, Bella, in Coon Rapids. When I'm not busy working, I enjoy playing games with my family, gardening, reading historical fiction, watching HGTV, and learning to do new things.
People are surprised to learn that I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical and Theological Studies and a minor in Biblical Greek from Bethel University, I love animals but am severely allergic to most of them, and I really despise spiders and other equally disgusting bugs.
My Hopes and Dreams This Year
I'm so glad I have the opportunity to teach at your child's school this year. I aim to build positive relationships with my students and get to know each one well so that I can provide each child with the instructional support necessary to feel successful, achieve his or her full potential, and love learning.