Hi! I’m Karen Kucharski.
I’ve been teaching 4th grade in Room 12 here at Crocker Highlands since the 2000-01 school year. I began teaching mid-life when my then 6th grade daughter, felt that I might need to get-a-life, (away from her) middle school. As rejected as I felt then, it turns out to have been the better plan. I absolutely love this 4th grade age and I’m very enthused about the California history curriculum. I love art projects with children, so we try to do a lot of art related to the history we study. I take students on 4-5 field trips a year, all having to do with the history we study. In March, the entire 4th grade goes to a Discovery School in Coloma for two nights and three days. We live like the 49ers! I take the class to John Muir’s house in Martinez, Mission Dolores in San Francisco and to Old Town Sacramento on Amtrak for the day.
I’m a 1978 graduate of UC Berkeley with a degree in English. I’m married with two grown children, my son graduated from his masters program at John Hopkins in July and my daughter is about to begin her senior year at UC Davis. I have a two year old rat terrier, Lady, and two fat orange cats, Vinnie and Valentine. My husband has just retired from his own business as a tile contractor and is currently working on the home we just move to here in Oakland. I’d lived in Orinda for 26 years until July! We love it here in Oakland and wanted to be part of the community.
The most important thing to know about me as an educator, is that I take my job seriously. I put my heart and soul into my students each year and I am paid back beyond measure. I feel very fortunate to work in such a well supported school. Parents and teachers have formed a partnership to ensure that each student is valued as an individual and made aware of his gifts.