Karen CluckNAME:  Karen Cluck

DEPARTMENT/CAMPUS:  Holland Medical High School

TITLE:  Health Science Teacher

YEARS WITH AISD:  This is my 10th year with AISD

WHERE ARE YOU FROM? WHAT SCHOOL DID YOU ATTEND? I grew up all over the U.S. (and Germany) because my dad was in the Air Force.  I went to high school in Austin, so I claim that as home.  I attended Del Valle High School and then moved to Abilene to attend Hardin-Simmons University.

TELLS US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY: I have been married to my husband, Randy, for almost 21 years.  We have three children:  Brady (18), who is a senior at Cooper; Tyler (15), who is a freshman at Cooper; and McKenna (12), who is a 7th grader at Madison.  Family time is precious to us and we enjoy doing things together.  We love to play games, watch movies, and we hike in Colorado every summer.

 TELL US SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT YOURSELF: I love to do research!  If I don’t know something, or need more information about something, I will research that topic until my brain is satisfied.  I love to learn.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF YOUR JOB? I love pretty much everything about my job, but my favorite part is watching my students make connections with what we are learning about in class.  I love to see their “Aha” moments and see them enjoying whatever project or assignment we are working on.

WHAT HER BOSS SAYS ABOUT HER: “Mrs. Cluck is a wonderful example for the students at Holland.  She is always doing whatever it takes to make sure that all of her students are successful.  She does engaging, hands-on lessons and labs, and her students love to learn in her class.  She always has a positive attitude and bright smile on her face.  Thank you, Mrs. Cluck, for the positive way you lead at Holland Medical High School!” – Emme Siburt, Director, Holland Medical High School.