Karen Karppinen


(Address upon request)




Work Experience:


Dec. 2003 to    Lone Pine Classical School, Fort Collins, CO

Present            Direct Latin 100-AP (a five-year program) for ages 12-18 and introductory classes for younger children.

Create, market, manage, and teach Latin classes:  develop, maintain and update curriculum and websites,

assign grades and credits, manage scholarships and awards, administer the National Latin Exam, sponsor our Latin Club and

Colorado Junior Classical League chapter, and constantly search for more resume-building opportunities for students. 

Web:  www.lonepineclassical.com


Sept. 1992 to   Tutor, Michigan and Colorado

Jan. 2005        Math, Latin, science, and study skills.

                        Worked with students grades 6-12, in subjects ranging from A.P. Calculus and A.P. Biology to general 6th grade study skills. 

Worked with homeschooled students as their sole teacher for the subject – developed individualized curriculum and assigned grades.


Aug. 2001 to    Lahser High School, Bloomfield Hills School District, Bloomfield Hills, MI

Jan. 2003        Full-time Math and Computer Science Teacher

A.P. Calculus AB and BC, A.P. Computer Science AB, algebra, geometry, and introductory programming (BASIC / C++) teacher,

coordinator of math and computer science competitions.


May 1996 to     Recreation-Community Services of Bloomfield Hills Schools, Bloomfield Hills, MI

June 2002        WSI (Water Safety Instructor)

                        Instruct children, adults, and handicapped swimmers; regular and private lessons.


Aug. 1999 to    The Academy of the Sacred Heart, Bloomfield Hills, MI

Aug. 2001        Full-time Math and Chemistry Teacher

                        Michigan Math Prize and Michigan Math League competition coordinators, A.P.

                       Calculus AB teacher and review session moderator, Senior class moderator.


April 1999 to   North Branch Public School District, North Branch, MI

June 1999        Substitute Teacher, 4th-8th grade


June 1998 to    Houghton-Portage Township Schools and Suomi College, Houghton/Hancock, MI

April 1999       WSI (Water Safety Instructor) and UPY Swim Team Coach (12-and-under division)

Developed workout plans, assessed team members’ skills and provided necessary instruction, kept records, represented coaching staff at home/away swim meets.


Aug. 1996 to    Parkwood YMCA, East Lansing, MI and Birmingham YMCA, Birmingham, MI

May 1998        WSI (Water Safety Instructor), lifeguard, and building supervisor


April 1997 to   Lamphere Schools, Madison Heights, MI

June 1997        Substitute Teacher, 6th-12th grade math and science


June 1996 to    Cranbrook Day Camp, Bloomfield Hills, MI

August 1997    Science and Nature Instructor

                        Developed annual curricula and presented science and nature lessons to nine groups

                        of campers (boys ages 7-13) during the six-week summer programs.




May 2011 to    University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA (Online) and other providers (while waiting for a SC Online MA program to be fully implemented)

Present            Graduate study in Latin; GPA 4.0


Aug. 2004 to    Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

May 2006        Graduate study in mathematics; 8 credit hours.

                        Achieved perfect score (800 math, 800 verbal, 6 writing) on the GRE exam (June 2004).


May 2000 to    Oakland University, Rochester, MI

Jan. 2002        Graduate study in Software Engineering; 16 credit hours.


Sep. 1996 to    Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

May 1998        B.S. in Biological Sciences; Math and Chemistry Minors.  Summa Cum Laude.

                        Dean’s List, Gold Key National Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society,

                        Pi Mu Epsilon National Math Honor Society, Volunteer math tutor, Fencing Club.


Sep. 1994 to    Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI

May 1996        Undergraduate in Biological Sciences; GPA 3.81

National Merit Scholarship, MTU Board of Control Scholarship, Math Award (Calculus), Dean’s List, Memorial Union Board secretary, Huskies’ Pep Band.


Sep. 1990 to    Lahser High School, Bloomfield Hills, MI

June 1994        Graduated Summa Cum Laude, GPA 4.23

National Honors Society, Wellesley College Book Award, Latin Club VP,

1994 AP Scholar, Varsity Softball, Marching Band, Symphony Orchestra.


Publications:   Active Ecology Labs, June 1998.

                        Academy of the Sacred Heart Chemistry Laboratory Manual, June 1999, June 2000.

Professional Activities: 


Apr. 2012 to    Colorado Junior Classical League, State Co-Chair



Aug. 2012        Cherry Creek Schools Advanced Placement Workshop, Cherry Creek, CO

                        5-Day A.P. Latin Workshop


Sep. 2006 to    Member, American Classical League.



Dec. 2003 to    Develop curricula for Latin courses (with future publication in sight), and participate in

Present            four Latin teaching email lists:  latin-bestpractices, latinteach, Oerberg, and CCSLatinteachers. 

Distribute my materials to other teachers for testing and review.


Sep. 1998 to    Maintain web pages – information, activities/tests, and resources for my students.



June 2000        The University of Northern Colorado Advanced Placement Workshop, Greeley, CO

                        5-Day A.P. Calculus AB/BC Workshop


Oct. 1998 and  DACTM/MDSTA Fall Conference:  Marketed Active Ecology Labs.

Oct. 1999


June 1999        The College of Wooster Advanced Placement Institute, Wooster, Ohio

                        5-Day A.P. Calculus AB Workshop