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Hi I am Karen Barkley. I teach second grade at Husmann Elementary School. I graduated in December of 1987 from Illinois State University with a degree in Special Education. After 14 years as a special education teacher I went back to school to get my endorsement in elementary education at Northern Illinois University. Most recently I completed my ELL (English Language Learners) endorsement and my Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction at National Louis University. I love teaching and I love going to school myself!
I grew up and still live in Crystal Lake with my husband. I myself, was a Husmann student back when it was called Central Grade School. We have four grown children. My husband and I have a passion for old houses and antiques and have used that passion to rehab an 90 year old house just down the street from Husmann School. I also enjoy gardening, traveling, walking our English golden, Maggie Mae and spending time reading on my screened in porch. I treasure the time with my family!
Second Grade is such an exciting grade! There are so many new things to explore and learn about. As a second grade teacher, I look at every year as a new learning adventure! I am as curious about what is out there in our world to learn about as the kids are, and look forward to going on that learning adventure with them!