I believe that if there is somebody in need and you are capable of helping them, you just do it.
Growing up in Montana meant growing up in a rather rural setting for Karen Richardson. She has always appreciated the calm and beauty of living in a state like Montana. As she grew up she found herself developing a growing interest in becoming a teacher. She followed that path and out of college she took her first job teaching in a one-room schoolhouse.
She spent the next 33 years as a teacher, working with children of all different ages throughout her career. As time went on she realized the challenges of living in such a big state with so few population centers: It was hard for schools to stay connected.
“Even though we have few people who live great distances from each other, school districts need to be connected,” said Karen. “It’s important and it matters in the education of a child.”
When Karen retired from teaching, her passion for teaching and the education system remain strong. She joined up with AARP and National Retired Teachers Association to continue to advocate around education issues. She soon found herself on the AARP executive council in a volunteer capacity.
“There are things that need to be done in our communities and people need to step up and do them,” said Karen. “I believe that if there is somebody in need and you are capable of helping them, you do it.”
When not volunteering her time, Karen and her husband Ted who will be joining her on the cruise, enjoy crafting and wood working as well as keeping up to date on their two daughters and two grandsons.