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Karen Parker: 2017-18 Teacher of The Year Candidate

Today's Teacher of the Year Candidate is Karen Parker of Will Rogers Elementary!

Karen began her college career at Oklahoma Baptist and transferred to the University of Central Oklahoma after two years to complete her degree. She has been teaching for 21 years and has spent 13 of them in the Shawnee Public School system.

Karen has been married to her husband, Clint, for 27 years and they have 4 children, Kati, Jake, Ben, and Bailey. Kati and Jake graduated from SHS and her youngest (twins), Ben and Bailey, will graduate in May. She also has 3 dogs and 7 granddogs!

In her free time Karen works part time at Jones Theaters and loves to see former and current students stop by! She also loves to spend her time reading and going to the beach, especially Destin, as her daughter Kati got married there last May.

Karen says that she cannot imagine herself doing anything other than teaching; she considers it a privilege to play a role in the lives of her students and their families. We are thankful for Karen's loving attitude and caring approach to her students, and are lucky to have her with us in Shawnee! Congratulations on being Will Rogers' 2017-18 Teacher of The Year!