Karen Myshkowsky is a teacher at Glenlawn Collegiate and a proud member of the Louis Riel Teachers’ Association and Manitoba Teacher’s Society. For the last several years, she has worked with high needs and at-risk students. She currently teaches in the alternative education multi-age classroom, as well as teaches Psychology to grades 11 and 12. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia.
As an autism parent, Karen understands first-hand the supports needed for parents and students in public schools and in our health care system. As a teacher, she knows that community supports are vital to helping students succeed as they prepare for life beyond secondary school. She works alongside mental health professionals and social workers and maintains close connections with community supports.
Karen, her husband, two sons and two dogs are involved in all that Southdale offers. Her boys have attended school in Windsor Park and are active members of the Southdale Community Centre playing multiple sports. As a hockey mom, Karen has managed her sons’ teams and spends all winter in the rink – in fact, you may not recognize her without a toque!
Karen values their time at the rink, because it allows her family to stay connected to the community. Karen and her husband established an annual hockey tournament uniting high school alumni from St. Boniface and St. Vital. Now in its sixth year, the tournament has grown from four teams in the first year to twelve teams in 2019.
A very amateur cake decorator, Karen has been involved in volunteering with Cakes for Kids, an award-winning organization that provides birthday cakes for families who find it difficult to provide one for their child. She has taken great delight in seeing her students also find joy in giving back.