Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Karen Lurie
This school year will mark my 22nd year of teaching and my 17th year in the Flemington-Raritan School District. Teaching Literacy Support Skills allows me to share my love of reading with my students and the small class size of Literacy Support allows me to know my students on a more individual basis.
I grew up in Monticello, New York (Sullivan County). The 1969 music festival called "Woodstock" took place about 20 minutes from my High School! I was Co-Valedictorian of Monticello High School with my best friend. I went to a small Liberal Arts institution, Union College in Schenectady, New York, where I majored in English and minored in Political Science. I graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. For a semester, I attended N.Y.U.'s Law School but soon came to the conclusion that life in the legal profession was not for me.
After dabbling in different types of jobs, I stopped working and enjoyed being a stay-at-home mother for several years. I volunteered at my children's school and decided to attend Rider University to get my teaching certification. My first teaching job was at a charter school in Trenton, where I taught sixth and seventh grade Math (I am highly qualified in Middle School Mathematics), as well as sixth and fifth-grade homerooms. After five years at the charter school, it closed, and I was fortunate enough to get a position here in Flemington. In May of 2015, I completed four years of hard work (again) at Rider University and obtained my Masters of Teaching degree in Literacy/Language Arts.
When I have "spare" time, I like to read for pleasure, follow current events, go to movies, plays, and musicals. garden, and especially keep up with my family. I was widowed this year, but am lucky to have a blended family of six adult children, who live in Philadelphia, Asbury Park, Boston, Virginia, and New York City. I am quite proud that the whole crew is independent and employed! They range in age from 29 to 43 years old. I am very fortunate to have four young granddaughters, ages eight, six, and two years old. The youngest will be a year old in November.
I am so grateful to participate in a profession as rewarding as teaching and to be using my skills in a wonderful school district!