Neighbors: Karen Wartko
Occupation: Director, Academy of Arts and Science
Family: Husband, Rick; sons, Chris and Eric
Place of birth: Colorado
Q: When did you move to Shawnee, and what brought you here?
A: 1999 – My husband’s technology consulting business.
Q: What did you want to be when you grew up?
A: A teacher or a tap dancer
Q: What’s the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?
A: Investing the time and expense to apply for a patent and waiting the four years it took for it to be awarded and issued.
Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
A: If you don’t like it, change it.
Q: What three things would you want people to know about you?
A: I’m most proud of my family. I teach robotics and am passionate about getting kids excited about science and technology. My seventh great-grandfather invented logarithms.
Q: What’s your ideal vacation spot?
A: On a white, sandy beach with a good book.
Song: “What are you doing the rest of your life?” and Gato Barbieri’s version of “Europa”
Color: It varies. Right now: Copper
Food: Pasta, Pasta, Pasta!