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    About Mrs. Monks
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    Dear Parents and Students,

    My name is Karen Monks and I am the music teacher for students K-5 at Brisas. I am very excited about the upcoming year and I know it will be a successful one.

    Your child is a valued addition to our community of learners, cooperating and collaborating with his or her peers, and I am dedicated to making this one of the most successful and positive years your child will experience.

    I have many hobbies, such as reading, knitting, and teaching Zumba. I have two adult children who attended Kyrene schools. My son, Blake Higgins, recently graduated with a degree in journalism from ASU and lives in San Diego, and my stepson, Logan, is attending ASU majoring in Conservation Biology and Ecology.  I live in the Brisas neighborhood with my husband and we thoroughly enjoy travelling together during the summer and school breaks. And let’s not forget our sweet babies, Riley and Baile,y our Cavalier pups!

    Professionally, this will be my 33rd  year in public education, with 27 years in the music classroom and 6 years as an assistant principal in the Kyrene district. I graduated with my BM from ASU and received my Masters in Educational Leadership from Nova University.

    Together, we can help your child have a successful and enjoyable experience in the Brisas music room. I look forward to strong partnership!


    Karen Monks