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Name: Becky Karras

School and Subjects Taught: Pine Strawberry School, Pine. Have taught cross-categorical special-education students, 2005-06, preschool 2006-07 and have also been the Special Education Director since starting here in Sept. '05.

College degree and major: BA in Education from ASU, MA in Elementary Education, NAU

Years teaching: 24 Why do you teach? Teaching is a very rewarding and challenging profession. I love the challenge of trying to provide an environment that not only promotes learning, but makes it interesting and fun. ersonal motto/words of wisdom:Never Give Up! Keep right on trying.Family: Family is very important to me. I was blessed with the opportunity to stay home with my children as they were growing up and I have two very nice sons, Michael in Portland, Oregon, and David in Payson. also have many nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

Pet peeve? PessimismFavorite hobby or leisure activity? Hiking would be at the top of my list. Person in history you'd most like to meet and why? There would be many. After visiting Mt. Vernon a few years ago, I think having the opportunity to visit with George Washington would be interesting. would want to hear how his vision for this country would compare to what we have today.

Favorite teacher? My fourth grade teacher was my favorite. Our imaginary trip to Africa was so realistic that I went home and packed a suitcase. She read to us every day.

What was your favorite subject in school and why? It's hard to choose one subject but social studies, Spanish, and biology because my teacher made those subjects so interesting. What was your favorite year in school and why? My years in high school were the best. When I look back, I now know we were blessed with many opportunities to reach our best potential. I treasure my high school friends.

Why Pine Strawberry? Our size makes it a community because the town is very involved. We have the support of our Board of Education, a supportive Superintendent, Principal, and a great staff.

Every feature teacher selection will now get a $25 gift card from Chili's. Chili's is proud of the work area teachers do and this is one way they are thanking the community's teachers. The featured teacher can come to the Roundup and get their gift card from the front desk.

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