Karen Kusiak Announces Candidacy for House District 84 (Fairfield, Rome and Smithfield)
From her submitted bio:
Karen Kusiak has made her home in Fairfield, Maine since 1987. She is the parent of two young adult daughters who both graduated from Lawrence High School after completing their K -12 education in Maine School Administrative District #49 (MSAD/RSU #49) schools. Karen has served continuously on the MSAD/RSU #49 Board of School Directors since the mid-1990s. She has been an active member of the board’s Policy Committee, and is currently a member of the Negotiations Committee and chairs the Curriculum Committee. She serves on the MSAD/RSU #49 drop-out prevention team and participated as a parent member of Lawrence High School’s self-study team for New England Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation.
Karen is a teacher educator at Colby College where she has held a part-time faculty appointment since 1990. Karen serves on various faculty advisory committees at Colby, and has been active in building an inclusive campus community through her involvement as a peer-trainer for Valuing Differences workshops and by co-leading workshops and discussions that promote campus awareness of the effects of stereo-type threat. Karen works closely with undergraduate students at Colby who pursue Maine secondary teacher certification, and she collaborates with teacher educators from Maine colleges and universities – as well as with personnel from the Maine Department of Education and State Board of Education – on projects related to teacher education. Karen co-edits the Journal of Maine Education – a publication of Maine ASCD, a non-profit, professional development organization for educators.
Karen grew up in Nashua, New Hampshire and graduated from Nashua High School in 1971. She earned a B. A. from Colby College in 1975, an M.Ed. from Lesley College Graduate School (Lesley University) in 1983, and an Ed.D. from the University of Maine in 2011. Karen’s dissertation study examines the use of one-to-one laptop computers and the construction of student academic identity.
Karen is a former Maine public school teacher and special education administrator. She taught 6th grade in the Messalonskee School District and was a high school special education teacher, department chair, and administrator in Maine School Administrative District #54 (MSAD/RSU #54) in Skowhegan.
Karen is a member of the Universalist Unitarian Church of Waterville, and has served on its Board of Trustees and is past-president of that board. She has been a member of the religious education team and is a member of the church’s communications team.
Karen volunteers each July with the Maine International Film Festival in Waterville.
She also supports art, music, theater, and dance organizations in central Maine. Karen enjoys hiking, skiing, swimming, and kayaking in Maine with her family and friends.
Karen phone-banked and campaigned for Marriage Equality in 2010 and for Democratic candidates in 2008. She supports equal rights and environmental protection. Karen supports local businesses – including Maine farmers and crafts people – and considers the interests of these groups central to a vital economy. Karen is a friend of the arts community. Furthermore, she has a particular interest in maintaining a strong public education system in Maine as she recognizes that responsive democracy is linked to well-educated citizens. Finally, she supports policies and practices that provide access to post-secondary education for Maine students.
Marilyn Wheeler is the Treasurer for Karen’s campaign. Katherine Kusiak Carey, Karen’s older daughter, is campaign and social medial manager as well as deputy treasurer. Julia Kusiak Carey, Karen’s younger daughter, will coordinate volunteers and door-to-door campaigning during the summer.
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