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Karen Kuppinger, Seventh Grade

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Mrs. Karen Kuppinger - profile

I, Karen Kuppinger, am currently in my 20th year of teaching at St. Margaret of Scotland School.  During my time here I have always been a 7th Grade homeroom teacher.  The subjects I have taught at St. Margaret’s during those years include 7th Grade Religion, 6th and 7th Grade Literature, 7th Grade Discovery Skills, and 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Grade Math and 8th Grade Algebra, and SMART Christian Service.  My previous teaching experience occurred immediately after my graduation from college.  I find it very interesting that in my previous teaching job I was also as a 7th Grade homeroom teacher and essentially taught the same subjects I was hired to teach at SMOS.

From my first teaching job I transitioned to my career as a stay-at-home mom.  During that time I was also employed part-time at my neighborhood parish playing guitar for the parish school's weekly all-school Masses.  When a job opening occurred for director of our parish guitar choir I was hired for that position which I continued to hold for 8 years until God called me back to teaching full time. 

I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree from Maryville College.  My degree comprised of a double major in elementary education and math, and a double minor in secondary education and theology.  I have continued to expand my education in the area of theology by taking various Paul VI classes over the years mainly due to personal interest.

My life away from school revolves around my faith, family and friends.  My main ministry, other than teaching at a Catholic School, is shared with my husband presenting weekends for Worldwide Marriage Encounter.  My main interests include music (listening to Contemporary Christian music and performing liturgical music), theater (mainly musicals), sports (both watching and playing), game nights with family and friends, nature, animals, and a life of true simplicity.  And last, but certainly far from least, at the top of the list of my personal heroes I would have to include St. Francis of Assisi, Pope St. John Paul II, St. Teresa of Calcutta and Pope Francis.