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Spotlight on Karen Haglund

Spotlight on Karen Haglund
Posted on 04/06/2016
karenWhat do you do at G&P?
School Counselor

How long have you been at G&P?
I arrived at G&P 8 years ago.

Where are you from?
I was born in Arlington, Massachusetts but grew up in Belmont, Massachusetts. I have also lived in Phoenix, Arizona and Boulder, Colorado…I miss Colorado the most!

Favorite education quote?
“Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you are probably right.” - Henry Ford. I love that one!

What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?
I love to help and connect with others so I know this is the job for me BUT as a little girl I always dreamed of being a professional dancer! I took lessons and performed for most of my childhood. Jazz, tap, a little ballet and acrobats…I would dance any style as long as there was music and movement. These days most of my performances are in my kitchen while cooking dinner and processing my day…tickets are limited!

Who was your favorite teacher? Why?
When I was in Elementary School I loved most of my teachers but I will never forget Ms. Johnson in 3rd grade. Ms. Johnson helped me to begin to see myself as a reader and also helped me spend some time focusing on my strengths (math!) too! This was also the year my dad began to struggle with heart disease and Ms. Johnson was my rock. She always took time to check in with me about my dad’s health and helped me recognize how hard it was to learn with a worry in my brain. Ms. Johnson moved on shortly after I left 3rd grade and I have always wished I could reconnect with her to say thank you. Thank you, Ms. Johnson!

What do you love about G&P?
I will never forget my first day at G&P when I met so many people from so many diverse backgrounds. I loved watching teachers interact with students, staff, or parents so different from themselves on the outside but with the same fundamental respect and care for one another and desire to be a part of this community. Due to lack of resources in terms of time and energy, some communities are forced to or required to ask students to try to forget the uniqueness of their world view and here we continue to celebrate each others. I am extremely grateful to this community for how it has cared for me and how we care for each other.