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!
    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