Karie Trupka is the wife of an avid sportsman and mother of three busy young adults. She believes moderation of the past, present and future are essential to reaching one's goals. Karie teaches seventh and eighth grade mathematics at the Circle of Nations School in Wahpeton, North Dakota. The school is an at-risk, therapeutic, off-reservation boarding school for students in grades 5-8. These students, from 33 different states, come with many different strengths and weaknesses.
Karie received her Masters of Education, Curriculum and Design in 1993 from North Dakota State University of Fargo. She attained a Bachelor of Science degree from Moorhead State University in Moorhead, Minnesota and her Middle School Credentials from Minot State University in Minor, North Dakota.
Being an Aerospace Educator Cohort provided her with the tools to train midwestern teachers about aerospace instructional activities. Spaceward Bound sent Karie to the Atacama Desert in Chile to work with NASA scientists on a Mars analog. Science Teachers Enhancement Project (ND-STEP) sent her to Ithaca, New York on an archaeological dig under the guidance of Dr. Allen Ashworth. A grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) allowed Karie to travel to Peru to study ecology. And finally, Mayville State University trained her as an elementary mathematics specialist.
In her spare time, Karie consults for the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction defining student proficiency levels, setting and aligning state standards and pre-service teachers' qualifications.
Karie believes everyone can learn in their own modality, based on their past experiences. Curriculum and instruction training has taught her to plan, implement and evaluate as efficiently and effectively whenever possible in every aspect of her life.