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
Degrees and Certifications:
• 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