Meet a New Teacher

Karen Broaddus, Fourth Grade Lead Teacher

Karen earned her BA in Applied Learning and Development and Special Education From The University of Texas at Austin. She was a third and fifth grade teacher at Galindo Elementary in Austin for four years before putting her career on hold to raise her children. Her two daughters have been at Trinity for many years and her son will join our kindergarten this fall. Both Karen and her husband Jeff have been generous in actively participating in our Admissions events, and Karen has been part of our Book Fair team for several years. She will join Trinity as a member of the fourth grade team.

Q: Describe yourself in three words.

A: Energetic, optimistic, creative.

Q: What inspired you to teach?

A: I was inspired to teach when I taught preschool gymnastics at the age of 17. I loved working with children and I knew that I could reach them on their level. I like to have fun and make learning fun.

Q: Do you have a favorite lesson you teach? Tell us about it.

A: I love to teach writing because I want students to understand how powerful their voice can be. I love connecting the English language to thoughts and feelings, and I love seeing students make connections with how writing something can make other people feel something. It is powerful to watch a student maybe struggle in the beginning, but through further thought and exploration arrive at a piece of writing that comes from their heart and connects with others. Powerful stuff!

Q: Why Trinity?

A: Trinity has been like home for my family for at least the last decade!  We love this school and it's core values and we love our community. I am honored to be a part of the Trinity team!

Q: What was your biggest learning moment during last Spring and teaching online?

A: My biggest learning moment from learning online last spring was to remember to remain flexible. I was amazed to watch my son's kinder class continue learning as usual, and that most of the time, it went smoothly. For things that didn't go so smoothly, we learned to scrap it and move on to something else.

Q: What are you most looking forward to as the fall semester starts?

A: I am most looking forward to reconnecting to our Trinity community and families. We truly are stronger together.

Q: What advice do you have for parents as they navigate how different school might look in the fall?

A: As a parent myself, my motto is "roll with it". One thing COVID has taken from us is predictability, but I love being able to adapt and change and know that my attitude is my responsibility, so no matter what, I can choose grace and flexibility. It also helps to know we're all in the same "what in the world" boat!

Q: What do you feel is the biggest challenge young children face today?

A: I do believe that our children are missing social interaction, and it does tug at my heart to know how much they truly miss each other, at all ages. Some of my toughest moments from last spring were consoling my own children as it was just so hard to understand the why. I do think though that this is teaching them the value of connection and that maybe they won't be so reliant on devices once this is all said and done.

Q: How do you motivate your students?

A: I typically motivate students by sharing my enthusiasm for whatever we're doing. I find that positivity can be contagious. I also like for my students to see me make a mistake and correct, as we're all human and certainly not perfect.

Q: What motivates you?

A: Seeing or feeling someone else's authenticity usually motivates me, like when someone feels brave enough to share their passion or shows a specific talent, it motivates me to do the same.

Q: Do you have a favorite quote, mantra, or philosophy you teach by?

A: Be kind. You never know what someone else is going through, and you just might be the light they need at a given time.

Q: What would be the soundtrack to your classroom?

A: I am an avid music lover, so this is a tough question, but I am currently so connected to Foo Fighters "Times Like These", as it reminds us that through life's challenges we learn to love and live again.

Q: What do you love doing in your spare time?

A: I love traveling, running, weight lifting, gardening, playing music/guitar, and playing with my kids.

Q: What current pop culture trend baffles you?

A: I don't understand how to use Snapchat at all, except the funny filters.

Q: What's the last book you read?

A: "The Power of Showing Up” by Dan Seigel, MD and Tina Payne Bryson, PhD.