Karen Maunu is a Special Education teacher at SES. Working at a school like SES, where students with disabilities are taught in an inclusive, supportive environment, with hands on activities that work towards improving our world, has been a dream of hers. She has worked with children with special needs for over 10 years. Building relationships and working with her students, so that they reach their greatest potential is her favorite part of teaching. Prior to teaching, Karen worked for a nonprofit that worked in orphanages in China, helping children with special needs. She facilitated over 1,000 surgeries, planned medical mission trips, co-wrote a book on special needs to educate both orphanage staff and adoptive parents, helped to set up schools in orphanages, and advocated for the adoption of hundreds of orphans. She and her husband have five children, each of which has had either a 504 or an IEP. In her spare time, Karen loves to read, hike, bike, travel, and garden. Karen holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science from Iowa State University, and a Master’s of Science in Special Education from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She holds her teaching license in learning disabilities and will finish her autism license in March 2016.