Ms. Karen Christenson, Active Inquiry
  • Karen Christenson

    Hello!  Konnichiwa!  “Variety is the Spice of Life!” is the best way to sum up my attitude and my experiences in education.  I began my teaching career as an intern for the Multicultural Education Project at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  The focus of this federally-funded program was on fostering true appreciation of diversity.

    After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree, I had the opportunity to live, travel, and teach in Japan.  To be immersed in another culture and language ~ What a wonderful window to our world!

    In the fall of 1989, I was hired as a teacher for Saint Paul Public Schools.  In 1997, I earned my Master of Arts degree in K-12 Curriculum & Instruction from the University of St. Thomas. My area of concentration was Gifted/Creative/Talented Education and my final integrative project was on meeting the needs of our twice-exceptional students.

    During my 27 years in education, I have thoroughly enjoyed roles as a science specialist, classroom teacher, ELL teacher, gifted and talented coordinator, curriculum specialist, mentor and presenter.   Even though each role has its own flavor, they all have a common theme:  Honoring the whole child and the diverse cultures, gifts, and talents that each student brings to learning.

    The children of SAP are delightful! I have been here since 2012 and find them to be smart, focused, kind, collaborative, and highly inquisitive.  We crafted an interdisciplinary prep course called Active Inquiry to meet the needs of our remarkably capable and creative K-2 children.

    Our school partners with the Minnesota School Forest Program to find creative ways to use our school yard as an outdoor classroom.  It is such a privilege and a joy to connect our children to the natural world for learning and exploration. 

    If you would like to reach me, email is best: Thank you! Domo arigato!!