Phone: 970-679-9806


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Ms. Karen Helfrich

Karen is entering her second year at High Plains School and is thrilled to be part of the 'herd'!  She has been in Thompson School District for 15 years, and in education for 31 years - and she still loves it!  Her past experience in education includes Physical Education, Health Education, Science and Dean of Students and spans kindergarten to ninth grade.  She feels fortunate to have rubbed shoulders with fantastic educators and families in the past from whom she has learned so much!  Although last year was difficult for everyone in education, there are challenges and successes in any given year - Karen believes it is up to us to make the best of it.

Karen attended CSU where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Exercise in Sports Science.  While living and teaching in Georgia, she earned her Masters of Science in Health Studies from the Univeristy of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.  Recently, she earned her Masters of Arts in Principal Leadership from Argosy Univerity, Denver.  

She lives in Loveland so greatly enjoys hiking in the nearby mountains, walking or biking the bike trails, gardening, and enjoying the local restaurants with family and friends.  Her two children are both graduates of the Thompson School District and enjoying adult life nearby.  Her siblings and their children mostly live in the area, so she stays busy with family celebrations, too.  She believes very strongly in contributing and supporting her community - which includes her wonderful Bison family!