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Guzik Returns to the classroom

Cindy Ramunno/Special to the Daily
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Karen Guzik used to be a favorite among students at Eagle Valley Elementary School. She taught fourth and fifth grades at the school nine years ago.

“The last class I taught graduated from high school this past May,” says the energetic Guzik.

After having two girls – now ages eight and six – Guzik is back to becoming a favorite again, except this time, it’s for kindergarten students at Brush Creek Elementary School.

When principal Christine Mayhew learned that she was losing one of her three kindergarten teachers, she says she sat back and contemplated. The kindergarten team at Brush Creek Elementary has a reputation for being well-liked and committed to kids. Who would fill that critical position?

“Karen quickly came to mind,” Mayhew says of Guzik.

Ironically, Mayhew was the assistant principal who offered Guzik her original position at Eagle Valley Elementary.

“Karen is a team player who is a phenomenal teacher,” Mayhew says. “She has a gift – she understands students, parents and builds a rapport with both.”

Mayhew says Guzik has an amazing communication skills and shows a genuine concern for her students.

Guzik and her husband, Mike, have lived in Eagle for the past 13 years. Their daughters, Ella, 8, and Claire, 6, now attend Brush Creek Elementary, having transferred from Eagle Valley Elementary. Both girls are very proud to have their mom teaching in their school.

Guzik says some changes have occurred since she was last in a classroom.

“We’re much more concerned with accountability now and computers are used more with e-mail and other communication,” Guzik says.

But one thing hasn’t changed

“There is still an overriding concern about the welfare of children in this district,” she says. “As always, the children’s needs come first.”

To learn more about kindergarten curriculum or other programs at Brush Creek Elementary School, call 328-8930.


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