Get to Know Mrs. Rikkers

Heaven Grochoske, Staff Writer

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Karen Rikkers has joined the TRHS staff this school year as the new  health sciences teacher; she also holds the responsibility  of the freshman adviser. Rikkers has a husband and two boys. She is from Lowell, Michigan and went to college at Western Michigan University. Her hobbies include cooking, running, and crafting. Other than the subject she teaches, her favorite subject in high school was English.

Rikkers gave some advice for the students in her class saying, “Have respect, be engaged, and have fun.” One of the most important rules in her classroom is displaying leadership. If you were wondering, Rikkes perfers in class work and hopes she doesn’t have to give a lot of homework. One of Rikkers’s biggest inspirations to start teaching is when she participated in something called Project Graduation. Her job was to work with and help students stay in high school to get their diplomas.

Previous to working at TRHS, Rikkers has 13 years of  teaching experience at a preschool in Kalamazoo. She explained the environmental change she went through moving to Three Rivers saying, “ It’s different here because you are a small town and closer instead of the city.” Three Rivers is a friendly reminder of her hometown, one of the main reasons she liked the idea of teaching here. Rikkers wants to help students achieve their goals saying, “I love working with high schoolers and hope to influence the students.”

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