About Mrs. Karima Peper...
Position: 6th Grade Teacher
Phone: (520) 344-0124 (Google Voice)
Come one, come all and welcome to my Hornet webpage! I am thrilled to be starting another year teaching 6th grade at Elementary Connect. We have an amazing group of passionate educators at our school and look forward to making this year the BEST one yet!🌻💙
My Education and Professional Background
I completed my student teaching in Vicenza, Italy, which was an amazing and enriching experience both professionally and personally. I graduated from Northern Arizona University with my B.A in elementary education and special education in 2005. In 2008, I obtained my Masters in curriculum and instruction. I began my career teaching 6th grade for the first 11 years. In 2016, I had the incredible opportunity to develop the Elementary STEM program at Conley Elementary, where I implemented and taught the STEM program to all K-6th students for 4 years. In 2020, I joined the Elementary Connect team at COA teaching 6th grade, and am thrilled to be back again this year with an amazing team, as we continue to grow this incredible program.
My Educational Philosophy
I believe that all children can learn, grow and achieve in the proper learning environment. I love being that safe place for children to take risks and know that the sky is never the limit. I strive to build relationships and make connections to ensure I am allowing children to explore their passions and find their voice. I support and challenge my students to become critical thinkers, problems solvers, and know that they can achieve anything they dream with hard work, perseverance, and a GROWTH MINDSET!
Our family stretches between IL and Arizona. I was born and raised by my loving parents in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois and absolutely love the Bears, Cubbies and Blackhawks sports team! I met Terry, my husband, while student teaching in Italy, and have been in Arizona ever since. We have two incredible dogs, Benson and Louie, and a desert tortoise named Franklin. We love to spend our time cooking with family & friends, and greatly enjoy exploring the beautiful outdoors camping, hiking or kayaking.
"Be the change you wish to see in the world." ~ Gandhi