Welcome Karen Craft!

From my oldest memory, I never wanted to pursue any career other than teaching. I had a bilingual grandfather who lived in Miami, FL and he instilled in me the love of the Spanish language and culture and later I decided to combine the two. I began learning Spanish in 2nd grade (a LONG time ago!) and studied in Mexico for a semester in college. I earned my B. A. in Elementary Bilingual/Bicultural Education from the University of Northern Colorado “back in the 90’s” and have still found only two other careers more satisfying; being a wife and a mother.
My first teaching job was in a 3rd grade Bilingual classroom for five years. I then took time off to stay home and raise my own children; devoting my time and attention to bringing them up to be the best “big people” I could. We even spent 1 ½ years living in Alaska during that time. Taking the opportunity to invest in my kids was definitely the very best decision I ever could have made. I returned to teaching in 2011 and found my professional passion; kindergarten. I now enjoy teaching more than ever. 
When I am not in school my husband and I can most likely be found walking and talking, attending the many activities of our two high school sons, snuggling with our adorable dog, Hank, or catching up with our daughter or adult son. When given the opportunity I enjoy activities such as camping, 4-wheeling, fishing, or traveling anywhere at all. But I am just as content reading my books, perusing Pinterest, or catching up on my guilty pleasures on Netflix and Hulu.
I am extremely excited to begin this new adventure at Global Village Academy Douglas County and to discover how I can add to this already incredible program as well as what I can learn to make my teaching even more effective.