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     My name is Karen Mans and I am in my 20th year of teaching. I graduated from Southwestern College at the time, now known as Arizona Christian College. I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a minor in communication. I have taught first grade for 19 years and am excited to be moving up and expanding my knowledge to 3rd graders. I have a S.T.E.M. background and experience in the gifted classroom. I come from a family of educators  and feel teaching is my second nature.
     
    I believe all children have the right and desire to learn. I believe in fostering a positive environment where students can feel safe and are free to take chances. My students are taught rights and responsibilities through my "can do" philosophy, classroom expectations and also through our school wide PBIS program. I believe in a goal centered approach to learning, analyzing and reflecting on data.
     
     I am so thrilled to be here at Copper Creek and to be part of an A+ school.  I have found a home with a friendly and supportive community that have become my "family".  I am proud to be part of a a school focused on the specific needs of students and who focus on the social and emotional behaviors in children through our Sanford Harmony program. I'm really excited to be part of my new 3rd grade team and look forward to explore the world of third graders in my own life journey.