• About Me


    Information about me

    My name is Karen Zielinski and I have been teaching in District 15 since 1989.  Since I am fluent in Spanish, I began in the bilingual program and eventually transitioned to the mainstream classroom.   Fortunately,  my teaching career has always been here at Central Road.  I have taught third, fourth, fifth, 5/6 multiage and sixth grades. I have been teaching sixth grade for the majority of my career.  This year I am happy for the challenge of teaching fourth grade.  

    I have been married for over twenty -five years to my high school sweetheart, who teaches social science at our alma mater, Maine East High School.  My husband and I have two daughters:  a bright and feisty middle schooler who loves Legos and Minecraft and a video game-loving newlywed.   Our family would not be complete without, Stormy, who is a Havanese mix, adopted from Almost Home and my Betta Fish, Jim. Jim the Fish.

    I attended Concordia University in River Forest, IL for my Bachelor's and Master's degrees, as well as the  Educational Leadership program.  

    I love all things Geek!  At our house we watch all things StarWars, Dr. Who. and superhero shows!  I love Legos, Wizard of Oz, and Kid President on you tube!  My hobbies include home repair by neccesity, reading by choice, traveling for adventure, and exercising for stress relief.