1st & 2nd Grade – Karen Kind

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“I can do all things through Christ because He gives me strength.”  This has been one of our theme texts in 1st and 2nd grades at Milwaukee SDA Southside campus, where I am the teacher.  My name is Mrs. Karen Kind.  In everything we do throughout our school day, I try to point my students to God, and help them see Him at work in their lives.  We learn about Jesus through worship and prayer, nature study and outreach, the curriculum, and all the big and little happenings throughout our day.  I love being able to pray with students individually and help them with their spiritual struggles. I’m so glad that God called me to teach.

Since attending Adventist elementary schools in Wisconsin as a child, I have always wanted to be a teacher.  That dream eventually took me to Andrews University where I earned a BA in Elementary Education and Home Economics, with a minor in English.  Years later I was able to complete a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a Reading Teacher’s License at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

I started my career teaching grades 1-8 at an Adventist school in North Dakota.  I have taught in Adventist schools in Wisconsin and Kentucky, part of the time as a teaching principal.  I’ve also taught public school in Wisconsin, as a Title 1 coordinator/teacher, and teaching 4 and 5 year old kindergarten classes.  Wherever the school, and whatever the grade level, I love kids and love to help them learn.

I am married to Chuck Kind, who is a native of Waukesha, and an alumnus of Wisconsin Academy.  We have an adult veteran Marine son, Charlie, who served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.  When not in the classroom, I love to study the Bible, read, write, play the piano, cook, walk, and travel.  My husband and I enjoy geocaching and spending time in nature together.

It is a privilege to be a part of the staff at Milwaukee SDA School.  I look forward to working with students and parents to help our children develop spiritually, mentally, physically and socially, preparing them to be successful in this life, and to be prepared for an eternity where we will never stop learning.

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