Welcome to our Classroom Website
    Hi!  I'm Karen L. Strassburg and I have been teaching Talent Development at Rum River since 2008.  I was one of the original four teachers to develop and teach Transition Math, which began in 2011.  That program has now been discontinued and we have a new and exciting Talent Development and Gifted Education program in our district!  Along with a team of teachers, I spent 86 hours of this past summer designing and writing the curriculum.  Prior to TD, I was a short and long-term substitute at various schools in ISD 11.  I grew up in the farming country of central Minnesota and received my Bachelor's Degree from Bemidji State University in 2005.  My husband and I enjoy spending time (mostly chasing!) our three small children.
    Outside of my school day, I enjoy photography, leading my children's 4-H club (Spunky Spelunkers of St. Francis, MN), studying leadership/communication principles, and dreaming of next year's MN State Fair.  I really look forward to working with all of the bright, young minds at Rum River.  I work hard to make my classroom welcoming, inviting, and challenging.    
    Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.  E-mail is usually best, as I'm not able to answer phone calls with students in the room.  Thank you for supporting your child's education!
    Below are also a few great links that I have found to enrich learning during this time of distance learning.  They are not associated or recommended by AH ISD 11.   
    Fantastic FREE virtual courses.  Languages, legos, Minecraft, acting, writing…check it out!  There are some going on now until the end of the year, then summer virtual camp starts!
    James Dyson Foundation Resource Cards (Free)
    Can you skewer a balloon without popping it? Coat a nail in copper? What happens when you plug a clock into a potato?
    Check this out for other great science experiments!
    Check out fun, educational activities for kids and teens while they're home from school.
    Virtual 4-H Space STEM Camp (Free)
    A bunch of organizations are bringing you a 12-week experience to have fun while learning math. Play with interactive activities, build simulations, and witness the power of math!
    Mrs. Karen L. Strassburg
    Talent Development & Gifted Education Teacher 
    Rum River Elementary
    16950 Verdin St. NW
    Andover, MN 55304
    e-mail: KarenL.Strassburg@ahschools.us