Find Your Voice, Speak Your Truth, Be A Peacemaker

About Me:

I am really excited to have the opportunity to teach your child at Olson Middle School! I have been a teacher for 15 years now, and I love teaching middle schoolers! This year, I teach 6th, 7th and 8th graders a special literacy class called Read, Write, Create. In this class, we work hard to help each and every young person Find Their Voice. We will do this by writing a six chapter novel with a choice of Genre, working closely with partners to improve our writing and collaboration skills. We will also be creating and performing spoken word poetry, and engaging in small and whole group discussions and activities.


My number one goal as a teacher is to ensure that all of my students understand how gifted and remarkable they are, and value their capacity to make a difference in the world around them.


I live in Richfield with my husband Todd, our son Matt (24), and our beautiful granddaughter, Marilyn (6). Our daughter, Katie (26) lives in St. Paul. Along with teaching, I am a certified yoga instructor, I love to read, hang out with my family, work in my yard, fix up the house and just stay active in general!

Contact Information:

The best way to reach me is via school email. I periodically check Email during the school day, and you can expect a reply from me within 24 hours. I truly welcome an open line of communication with families to ensure the success of all of our students. You are always welcome to come into the classroom and support me as I work with students!

Email Address:  karen.twyman@mpls.k12.mn.us

My Daily Class Schedule:

9:30-9:50 Advisory

9:52-10:57 IMGREATT/6th Grade ELA co-teach

10:57-11:52 PREP

10:52-11:52 Lunch

12:22-1:18 6th Grade Explore - Read, Write, Create

1:20-2:13 7th Grade Explore - Read, Write, Create

2:15-3:08 8th Grade Explore - Read, Write, Create

3:10-4:00 6th Grade ELA co-teach

Grading in my classes:

 I  grade on a 8 point scale. The purpose behind this is to help students focus on their profiency with the given concepts and standards rather than just looking at a grade and average against the rest of the class. Students who receive a 1, indicating a lack of proficiency with the standard are expected to see me for additional support. 


8,7 = Meets the Standard (A,A-)

6,5 = Partially Meets the Standard (B+,B)

4,3 = Working Towards Meeting the Standard (C+,C)

2,1 = Does not show evidence of Meeting the Standard (D+,D)

0 = Missing Work