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    Winter in Arizona 2017
    Hi, my name is Karie Ludlum and I will be your child’s fourth grade teacher this year. This will be my third year of teaching in Arizona and my 14th year of teaching.  I have taught 5 years of 3rd, 8 years of 4th grade and 1 year as teacher of the visually impaired and reading strategist.  Teaching is my 2nd career, prior to teaching I was an optician and clinic manager.   I attended college in North Dakota and graduated from Minot State University (Go Beavers!) where I caught the teaching bug.
    My husband and I have 3 daughters who are grown, 2 of which are married with families.  My oldest daughter lives in Seattle, WA and the other girls live in Williston with their husbands and children.  During my free time I love to swim, read, hike, and most of all – spend time with family and friends.
    Teaching is my passion.  I strive to make every student feel comfortable, safe, cared for and challenged.  My goal is to instill a love of learning and intellectual curiosity.  This is best attained by effective communication between parent and teacher.  I will send home newsletters and notes to let you know what is going on in the classroom and highly encourage you to contact me at any time.  When you and I work together – our students can learn to fly!
    I’m looking forward to meeting all of you and to participating in all of the wonderful activities that Cortina Elementary offers.  Here’s to a great school year – Go Tigers!
     Karie Ludlum
    4th Grade
    Cortina Elementary