Ms. Karen Christenson, Active Inquiry
  • Karen Christenson

    Teacher, English Language Learners, grade 1 

    Hello! Konnichiwa!  I am so glad to join the ELL team here at SAP. I will teach multilingual students in grade 1, supporting their English language development in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.   

    I began my teaching career as an intern for the US Department of Education’s “Multicultural Education Project” at the University of Wisconsin.  After graduating, I had the opportunity to travel and teach in Japan.  

    In 2018, I celebrated my 25th year of teaching in Saint Paul Public Schools.  I have enjoyed roles as a science specialist, classroom teacher, ELL teacher, curriculum specialist, and gifted and talented services coordinator.  Even though each role has its own flavor, they share a common theme:  Honoring the whole child and their diverse cultures, gifts, and talents. 

    I look forward to partnering with you this year!

    Thank you! Domo arigato!! 

    Ms. Karen Christenson 

    Email is best way to reach me:  Karen.Christenson@SPPS.org  

    Phone: 651.293.8735

    Degrees and Certifications:

    Educational Background:

    • Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI
    • Master of Arts in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN
    • English as a Second Language coursework at Hamline University and Metropolitan State University, both in St. Paul, MN
    • Additional graduate work in Science, Literacy, and Gifted Education