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Karen Gagnon

Karen Gagnon

Grammar Latin and Music Appreciation
Karen carries out dual responsibilities at Geneva by teaching Latin to our Grammar school students in grades 3-6, and Music Appreciation to all students in Kindergarten through grade six. She also advises Geneva’s Latin Club. 
 
Karen received a BA in (Music) Education from the University of North Florida, and has taught music in public schools, private piano lessons, directed children’s  choirs, and served as a piano and organ accompanist for churches, civic groups, and schools.  She has been in the classroom for seventeen years, and is now in her 8th year as a Geneva faculty member.
 
While classically homeschooling her son, Geoff, in 2002, she took on the challenge of teaching Latin, and through the ensuing thirteen years, has become “hooked” on this ancient language.  ”I am motivated by ‘debunking’ the myth that ‘Latin is a dead language,’ and by helping students and their parents learn to appreciate and enjoy this very-much-alive language.” 
 
Karen has been married to her husband, David, for 40 years. They have two children, a daughter, Dana, a son, Geoffrey, a 2011 Geneva graduate, and four grandchildren. The Gagnons are members of First United Methodist Church in Lakeland, where they are both active in the Music program.
 
When asked about her Geneva experience, she says, “I love teaching at Geneva because of the emphasis on educating from a Christian worldview, a daily practice of teaching students how to think clearly and to love learning, the blessing of teaching subjects that I love, and the freedom to express my personal faith in my work.”  

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