Mrs. Guenther's

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(Always Under Construction)

Hello and welcome!

I am honored to be a part of your 6th grade experience, and look forward to an exciting year, during which students will gain new critical thinking skills, writing experience, and confidence to tackle challenges with a growth-mindset. I am committed to cultivating positive relationships with all students that will motivate them to put forth their best effort and to explore content creatively.

An avid reader, I often finish three or four books a week. Three of my favorite juvenile titles include To Kill a Mockingbird, Anne of Green Gables, and The Giver. Previously, I participated in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), completing a 50,000-word young adult novel. Besides reading and writing, I enjoy taking photographs, cooking fiery Indian and Thai curries, spending time with my three adult children and husband, and taking nature walks. This summer I took oil painting and photography classes, and trained our new puppy, Piper, along with her littermate, Avi and our one-year old golden, Annie. Are any of you fans of the Seattle Mariners and the Seattle Seahawks? I am. Another interesting fact about me is that I grew up in Hawaii, on the island of Oahu, attending the same school as President Obama. Also, I have been a vegetarian for more than 40 years, and I do not eat any sweets or baked goods.

I love teaching at Tukes Valley Middle School. I look forward to getting to know all of my students and their families. If you see me at school, please stop and say, “Hello.” If you have any concerns or questions, please email or call me. Checking Skyward Family Access regularly to monitor grades and missing assignments will be helpful. Parents are essential partners in their children’s learning; working together, we can make sure that 6th grade is a great year for Tukes Valley Middle School students.


Mrs. Karen Guenther

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  • Master’s degree in Teaching, Washington State University Vancouver
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in English, University of California Davis, with high honors
  • Endorsed in English and History, secondary level