MS KAREN SCHENCK
A Little About Me:
I am extremely proud to have been Scotland’s first State of Connecticut’s teacher of the year for the school year 2016 – 17. What a privilege to represent what I consider the best elementary school in the state!! My heart belongs to the children here at Scotland School!! It’s hard to believe I have taught PE for 39 years, 24 of those years here at Scotland! You know the saying time flies when you’re having fun, well that is how I feel working here. Being a specialist teacher, where I can personally watch each child grow all the way from Preschool to 6th grade, is just the best.
A few things you may not know about me is that I also teach adapted PE on Tuesday and Thursday morning’s in an autism program for EASTCONN. I have been a volunteer with the Windham Special Olympics team for 36 years. In 1987 I was chosen to co-coach the CT Special Olympic soccer team that competed in the International Special Olympics Summer Games at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana. I love the sport of field hockey and was the Head Field Hockey coach at Windham High School for 23 years.
I have been fortunate to be the recipient of a couple of honors. In the spring of 2015 I was awarded the CT Sun’s Ray of Sunshine Award for my volunteer work in the community and programs I am responsible for here at Scotland School. In the spring of 2012 the NECASA organization selected me to receive the Judith Nilan award for my efforts in working with children in drug prevention. In the summer of 2012 I was inducted into the Willimantic Women’s Softball Association’s hall of fame. My favorite hobbies are gardening, watching college basketball and playing with my 7 cats. Please feel free to contact me if you ever have any questions or concerns! My door is always open to you!!!