My name is Karen Marcinek and I am the Math Interventionist for Crete Elementary School.
I began my teaching career in Hammond, Indiana where my experiences included teaching 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. I accepted a 3rd grade teaching position at Crete Elementary School in 2006. I took the opportunity to work as an Academic Interventionist in Chicago in 2010. I worked with students in grades K-8 who needed additional help in Reading and Math.
I’m honored to return to Crete Elementary School where I work as the Math Interventionist. I collaborate with classroom teachers to ensure that students achieve academic success. I provide students with support in Math, as part of our Response to Intervention (RTI) program. I meet with students in small group settings 4-5 times per week for Math Instruction. I also teach the IMSA (Illinois Math and Science Academy) Fusion program after school. This program included students in 4th and 5th grade.
I’m passionate about teaching and I love learning. I received my undergraduate degree from Purdue University. I fulfilled my Master’s Degree at Indiana University. I completed additional graduate coursework from Indiana Wesleyan University and Ball State University.
My passion for intervention stems from my belief that all students can succeed if they are given the adequate strategies, opportunities, and support. I have the opportunity to provide those strategies and supports in Math. My passion for continuing education comes from my belief that educators need knowledge, strategies, leadership, and perseverance to deliver high quality instruction.
I enjoy spending as much time as possible with my husband, Paul, and our two sons, Jake (20) and Nathan (16). I also enjoy walking my dogs, Oliver and Teddy.
I’m proud to be part of the Crete Elementary School Team. Go Cougars!