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Teacher Spotlight: Karen Mazur

Meet 4th grade teacher, nature nut, and photography lover Ms. Karen Mazur. Ms. Mazur has dedicated almost 30 years to Catholic schools, and has been a beloved member of the St. Luke community for 8 of those years.

What is your educational background?

I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Western Illinois University

What did you do prior to becoming a teacher at St. Luke?

Before coming to St. Luke School, I taught 4thgrade for 7 seven years at St. John of the Cross and 14 years at St. Mary of Celle. During my 14 years at St. Mary of Celle I taught 4th, 7th, 8th, and Physical Education.

Why do you believe in Catholic education?

My faith is a very important part of my life. With God, everything is possible. I am blessed to be able t0 share my faith with my students. I want my students to know that faith is not something that is studied during religion class. It is something that is lived every minute of every day.

What do you like most about the St. Luke community?

I love the family feeling that St. Luke offers. We are all here to help one another.

What do you like most about teaching as a career?

I love that it is different every day. Even though I have been teaching 4thgrade for 19 years, my students bring up new ideas.

Which clubs/sports/activities do you run at St. Luke?

During my years at St. Luke, I have worked with students in Speech Club and Math Club.

What personal strengths do you find especially helpful in your teaching?

Patience, flexibility, and willingness to try new things are very important.

What is the greatest success you have had in teaching?

It would have to be when I hear from former students. I love hearing about what they are doing in their lives. Hearing them say, “Thank you,” makes me know that I made a difference in their lives.

Any memorable Bearcat moments?

My favorite Bearcat moments would have to be watching my students present their State Fair posters and speeches. They work so hard on this project. The smiles on their faces when they finally get to present is priceless.

What do you like to do outside of the classroom?

I love being outside, taking walks, taking pictures of nature, and relaxing with my friends and family.