My name is Karen Fitzgerald and I am the ACE Reading teacher at the High school. This is my twenty-fourth year at Crooked Oak. I have been teaching ACE Reading at the high school for the past six years.
I started my teaching career at Crooked Oak in the middle school. My first year teaching here was in 1995 with the seventh grade class. When my first class went to 8th grade, I followed them and we shared our eighth grade year together; even though they were not thrilled, I was because they were a great good of students. I spent the next seventeen years teaching eighth grade. My last 5 years in the middle school I also taught 1 – 2 classes of ACE Reading.
I graduated from Moore High School in 1977. Then I attended South Oklahoma City Junior College for 2 years. From there I went to East Central University in Ada where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1981. I majored in Speech and Drama with a minor in English. While at East Central, I spent a year in the ECU Pride in the flag and rifle corps. I never learned to play an instrument so in high school and at ECU I was part of the flag and rifle corps. It was a blast traveling with the band to football games and competitions. I substitute taught for 5 years in the Oklahoma City and Moore school system. I went back to school at the University of Central Oklahoma and earned my Master of Arts in English with an emphasis on composition skills. Then I continued my education and earned my teaching certificates in elementary education and early childhood.
I have a son and daughter-in-law who are also teachers. My son works with the high school band at Shawnee High School and he has his own band classes at Shawnee Middle School. He has been teaching for the past 9 years and he is currently working on his masters at the University of Oklahoma. My daughter-in-law teaches computer technology at Highland West.
I really enjoy reading so when my students have an opportunity to read in class then I read as well. I also earn Accelerate Reader points each 9 weeks with my goal being at least 100 points. I feel it is important to demonstrate that I believe reading is important in my life. I have learned that you spend more time reading after school then you do the whole time you are working on your education. I also enjoy baking cookies and brownies are a specialty of mine.
I look forward to working at Crooked Oak for many more years to come. I also look forward to working with students to help them develop their reading skills to become life long readers.