About Miss SchwartzHello. My name is Karen Schwartz and I’m thrilled to be teaching third grade at Esperanza! This is my 30th year as a teacher, and my 27th year with the Kyrene School District. I was born in Chicago, Illinois, and received my B.A. in Elementary Education from The University of Illinois at Chicago. After graduation, I started my teaching career as a 2nd grade teacher in Chicago. I moved to Arizona in August, 1993, and joined the Esperanza school community when the school opened. I earned my Master’s degree in Educational Leadership, from Northern Arizona University and I also have an endorsement in Early Childhood Education.I truly love being in the classroom. It is the most exciting and energizing place to spend my work-day. When I was five years old, I entered kindergarten and absolutely loved reading books and learning new ideas. I loved learning in school and credit my kindergarten and second grade teachers for inspiring me to become a teacher. I whole-heartedly believe in the importance of continuing to learn throughout this journey called life. Nine years ago, I left Esperanza to become a district Math Coach - supporting and mentoring teachers, and providing professional development workshops and classes in the area of mathematics instruction. While I had many rewarding experiences as a math coach, I found that I missed the daily connections the classroom teacher makes helping children reach their learning goals. That is the reason I returned to the classroom.
When I am not working, I enjoy.reading (historical fiction and biographies are my favorites), cooking/baking, music, theater, dance, and sports. I love traveling to warm, peaceful locations near water. I believe in the importance of family and cherish spending free time with my family and friends here in Arizona, as well as in Illinois, Florida, and Oregon.
I am looking forward to building an engaging classroom community with my third grade students and creating successful partnerships with their parents and families. I’m thrilled to share my enthusiasm for teaching and learning with my third grade students!