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Ms. Shields
"Dream big, but allow yourself the opportunity to start small, and have your share of struggles in the beginning. The world's great composers weren't writing symphonies the day they first sat at a piano."

Welcome to ALGONKIAN!

Welcome Back Bobcats! My name is Karen Shields and I am excited to be starting my 4th year as Assistant Principal of Algonkian. This is my 11th year in education and I still LOVE what I do! I have taught Pre-k, Kindergarten, Special Education K-2 and First Grade. I graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, received my Master's in Educational Leadership from Shenandoah University in 2009 and my certification in Special Education Administration through George Mason in 2011.

In today's world education is so much more than sitting in desks and listening to a teacher talk. Dr. Antronette Yancey, a well-known physician-scientist says, “Kids pay better attention to their subjects when they've been active.” At Algonkian our goal is to create active and engaging classroom environments where all students can succeed. We also encourage all staff to build strong relationships with their students because studies show that “learning performance may be deeply affected by the emotional environment in which learning takes place.” We at Algonkian treasure the relationships we can build with not only our students but also with parents and the community.

Please remember that the "Partnership" between parents and the school is very important to your child's education. Feel free to contact me anytime at

I look forward to seeing everyone throughout this wonderful year of learning and social development!


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Last Modified on August 18, 2014