Degrees and Certifications:
Greetings! I am Karen Lyon, one of the Transitional Kindergarten teachers here at DeVargas. I have a B.A. in Liberal Studies from UC Riverside, and received my credential and Master’s degree from Santa Clara University.
My career in education started in preschool, teaching in 2-year-old and Pre-K classrooms. Then I joined a private school system for several years, as a classroom aide and later as a teacher, working with many different grade levels. I’ve taught 1st and 2nd grades here at DeVargas, but my niche has really been at Kindergarten and now TK. I can't imagine teaching anything else!
I grew up the oldest of five (three brothers, one sister) in Southern California. We were all very close in age, which made for a very active home life, to say the least! We did enjoy being part of a big family, though, which also included a good many aunts, uncles, and cousins living nearby. I moved to northern California in 1986, and 1990 made the Bay Area my home. Although still the “big sister,” my role now is more doting auntie of nine grown nephews, a college-aged niece, and my young grandnieces. I love to spend time with family members who live in the Bay Area and visiting those who are down south. Other favorite activities are reading, gardening, baking, cooking, keeping up on my sports teams, traveling, and...spoiling my cat. She's a beauty, it's hard not to!