“I tell my kids all the time, I am hard on you because I love you, “ Jenkins said. “We have such an important job.”
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]It was Karen Jenkins’ fourth-grade teacher Miss Smith who made her into the teacher she is today. Jenkins teaches second grade at Robertson Elementary School and has been chosen as its Teacher of the Year for 2017.
A teacher for 16 years, Jenkins has been with Round Rock ISD for over 13 years, serving as a paraprofessional at Caldwell Heights Elementary School for two years and teaching at Robertson for just over 11 years.
Jenkins said she fondly remembers Miss Smith as being a firm but fair teacher who read the Wizard of Oz series aloud to the class after recess. Carrying on the tradition with her second-grader class, Jenkins reads aloud to her students each day, selecting books from the Little House on the Prairie series.
“As my students hear from a fluent reader, they get to hear books at a higher level and understand reading for enjoyment,” Jenkins said.
Like her teaching inspiration, she holds her students to high standards and expects them to put forth their best effort with everything they do. Recently, she asked her class to write a letter to an elected official. Students had the opportunity to chose an official spanning from the mayor all the way up to president. Jenkins said she is proud of the work her students put into the project and is hopeful for a response.
Robertson Principal Patricia Ephlin said Jenkins continually goes above and beyond to help the students and staff on campus.
“Karen Jenkins puts everything she has into this building, into these kids and the people she works with,” Robertson Principal Patricia Ephlin. “It’s important to her that the kids learn and that staff has resources. She puts her heart and soul into everything she does.”
Jenkins is well regarded for her devotion to the students, school and staff at Robertson. Her peers describe her as a generous spirit that selflessly invests into each student, not just the ones in her class. This distinction has gleaned Jenkins multiple Teacher of the Year nominations.
Jenkins has a tight emotional connection with her students and just like her teaching mentor Miss Smith, Jenkins believes her students would describe her as fair and firm.
“I tell my kids all the time, I am hard on you because I love you, “ Jenkins said. “We have such an important job.”[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_raw_html]JTBBJTNDaWZyYW1lJTIwd2lkdGglM0QlMjI1NjAlMjIlMjBoZWlnaHQlM0QlMjIzMTUlMjIlMjBzcmMlM0QlMjJodHRwcyUzQSUyRiUyRnd3dy55b3V0dWJlLmNvbSUyRmVtYmVkJTJGcEFJUDVGWl95WnMlMjIlMjBmcmFtZWJvcmRlciUzRCUyMjAlMjIlMjBhbGxvd2Z1bGxzY3JlZW4lM0UlM0MlMkZpZnJhbWUlM0UlMEElMjBTSE9XJTIwTU9SRSUwQQ==[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row]