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Phone: 623-376-4352


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts- Early Childhood Master of Education- Curriculum & Teaching Gifted Endorsement

Mrs. Unthank

My name is Karen Unthank and I've been teaching for the past 15 years. I've taught many grades including 1st, 2nd. 3rd, and 6th. I grew up in California and moved to Arizona in 2004. This is my first year at Highland Lakes and I am excited to be here! 

My favorite hobbies includes reading, watching movies, swimming, and napping! I've picked up the hobby of Diamond Painting because of the COVID shutdown. All of these hobbies keeps my attention and relaxes my very active brain. 

I am currently working on my Doctorate in Education from Arizona State Univeristy. It has been very challenging but I am determined to finish!

 I'me very BIG on communication so please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions on anything. I look forward to working with you this year! 


  • Me and the Boys  Jonah Grad



    Mr. Unthank and I have been married for 20+ years and he is an avid Magic the Gathering Player (soon to be judge!) 

    I have 2 wonderful boys. My oldest is Jonah; he's 19 years old and attends Arizona State University. Logan is my youngest; he's 12 and is in 7th grade Renaissance. Both of my boys are highly gifted, they've inspired me to specialize in gifted education because of their experiences in school. 


  • Murdock  Nat heart

    I have 2 pups who keep our life exciting. Natasha is a Chi-Mix and Murdock is a Lab/Bulldog mix.