Karen Sebastian » My Bio

My Bio

Education:
University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Texas State University, Master of Education
Teaching since: 2006
Teaching at St. Francis since: 2006
School phone number: 454-0848 x 1864
Email: 124228ksebastian@gmail.com

   I am a native Austinite, a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin where I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Biology. This experience merged my innate desire to understand children and families with the biological processes which influence life. I was also fortunate to earn a Master of Education from Texas State University where the academics focused on the importance of diverse learners and inspiring students through proven teaching strategies. I am proud to have taught the past decade at St. Francis School.  My two sons are graduates of St. Francis and have fond memories of their teachers and classes. St. Francis prepared them for successful high school and life experiences.

   My journey to teaching began at Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve where I trained and volunteered as a trail guide instructing students in the local flora, fauna, and geology of the Texas Hill County.  This experience ignited my desire to share my love of nature and science with students. Next, I was employed by Mad Science leading summer science camps and afterschool science programs where my passion for teaching science-based hands-on learning experiences grew and the desire to move into the classroom crystallized.

  My love of Life Science extends to my personal pastimes.  My husband and I plan our vacations around nature activities. We are active gardeners, star gazers, bird watchers, amateur meteorologists, novice entomologists, and herpetology enthusiasts. It’s these interests that propel my passion for teaching.

   I enjoy sharing my love of critters through an elective I host called Critter Care.  Critter Care participants learn how to care for various organisms from red-eared sliders to bearded dragons.

I look forward to teaching your student Life Science concepts and inspiring them to challenge themselves such that they strive to reach their full potential as young learners.