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Enlightened by Faith, Enriched by Education

Karen Kapellusch

Karen Kapellusch

5th Grade Teacher

I was excited to be invited to join the staff of St. Kilian School back in 1990.  It was my first full time teaching position, and I can honestly say that I still have that excitement and passion for teaching 26 years later! I graduated from Hartford Union High School.  Later I received my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in grades one through eight from UW-Eau Claire with a minor in Language Arts. Prior to being hired at St. Kilian, I was a substitute teacher for one year.   I have discovered that there are three things at the heart of my becoming a teacher.  For me teaching is my calling, I have a desire for lifelong learning and wish to impart that desire in my students, and the wanting to make a positive difference.  It is important to me to create a positive learning environment where every child can grow, learn and succeed. I also believe that instilling the importance and practice of personal responsibility is a cornerstone to helping my students on their way to becoming contributing members of society.  

I have taught 5th grade for 26 years.  For the first 24 years I also taught 6th grade social students and ELA.  When our school was reorganized 2 years ago, I gave up the 6th grade classes and picked up 3rd and 4th grade social studies.  Working collaboratively with the 3rd and 4th grade teachers has had a positive impact on the intermediate grades.  We work together on a variety of activities and outreach projects so our students can put into action their call to be stewards of God’s creation.  I am a member at St. Kilian Parish.  I believe that by being visible to students and school families at church functions, my students see that I “practice what I preach.”  

Our school has a mission statement; St. Kilian School is committed to providing the foundations of the Catholic faith as we seek to develop a child-centered, caring community of active, reflective, and creative learners.  I have reflected on this as I created my own mission statement.  My mission is to exercise my creativity and innovative ideas to provide a quality education for my students with integrity and honesty.  I have tried to live out both of these mission statements in my classroom.  My students participate in a variety of learning activities.  They work alone, with partners, and in groups.  Technology is used in my classroom.  My students often use Chromebooks for research and Google Classroom activities, and the Smartboard is used regularly.  Station activities, task cards, Writer’s Café, and leveled reading all give the students the opportunity to excel at their own level.  I have created a Social Studies Fair in which my students actively research information about specific states.  They reflect on their information and create a variety of projects that are displayed at the Fair.  The students also create games for others to play in hopes of winning a prize.  

 My husband Kevin and I enjoy traveling, camping, reading, spending time with our family and friends, walking our dogs, and cheering on the Packers, Badgers, Bucks, Brewers, and Orioles.  

 “Teaching is a beautiful job; as it allows you to see the growth day by day of people entrusted to your care.  It is a little like being parents, at least spiritually.  It is a great responsibility.” – Pope Francis

Education and Awards

1989 – BS in Education from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

26 Years teaching at St. Kilian School

2009 – Rotary Educator of the Year

2 time Herb Kohl Fellowship nominee