Grade 3Karen Rappaport

My Story

I am thrilled to be back at McLean as a grade 3 teacher after being the Learning Commons Librarian at the School for the past three years. I graduated from American University with a BA in Elementary Education, earned my teaching certification through the Maryland State Department of Education, and spent the next 17 years teaching all ages from toddlers to Middle School students. In 2018, I went back to school to get a Master of Library and Information Science degree through Florida State University and became a school librarian. I love sharing knowledge and empowering my students to be critical thinkers and information gatherers. Being in the classroom gives me the unique opportunity to integrate curricula and really go into depth and encourage my students to see how their learning is connected and relevant to life outside of school. I love the people and environment at McLean and am looking forward to cultivating a classroom community with my students and families.

Some of the stories my students will hear me tell about my life outside of school include epic tales about my latest baking creations, my music, books that I love, and my travels and adventures with friends and family.