Ms. Karen McMurray, Fifth & Six Grade Discovery Teacher
I am thrilled to be part of the Renaissance Crew! I believe in authentic, experiential learning opportunities, and challenging oneself to grow and stretch every day. I passionately believe in the strength of the human spirit and empowering students to be their most awesome selves.
I hold a bachelor's degree from Western Washington University in English/Theatre, with a minor in Geology, and a master's degree in Education from UNLV, and come to Renaissance with over a decade of teaching experience in Washington, Nevada, and Colorado. I am quite a "Renaissance educator," having professional areas of expertise in English, reading, literacy across the curriculum, cross-curricular development, theatre arts, earth/physical/life science, and rock climbing. I have led students in a variety of learning experiences: indoor and outdoor rock climbing, Future Problem Solving, dance teams, flash mobs, theatre productions, Thespian Society, field trips to Zion National Park... Prior to becoming a professional educator, I led field geology experiences in western Washington State, worked as a grain combine driver, managed a cucumber greenhouse in England, DJed an 80's radio show, and stage managed theatre productions, among other things. My family and I currently live on a ranch in Castle Rock, with our dog and eight chickens.
I love to hike, bike, rock climb, cook, kayak, play Settlers of Catan, run, read, attend live music and theatre performances, travel, and eat fresh seafood. My current favorite podcasts are Ted Radio Hour and Hidden Brain.