Mrs. Karen Smith

Phone: 708-756-0008


Degrees and Certifications:

Early Childhood Education (04) Certificate Special Education Approval English Language Learner Endorsement Reading Endorsement

Mrs. Karen Smith

Hello ~ My name is Karen Salinas. I love teaching! This is my sixth year in the Early Childhood Program. Children and how they experience learning is my passion. I share this mission with Mrs. Yusennia Zuno the bilingual instructional aide in the classroom.

           I raised four children and then went back to college to become a teacher. I earned my Early Childhood degree after attending Prairie State and then Roosevelt University in Chicago with a concentration in Sociology. I have remained a student ever since. I have attended Governors State for endorsements in English Language Learners and Reading. I am currently enrolled at Olivet Nazarene University for a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction.

When I am not at school, I love to spend time with family, friends and my dogs.