Archive for Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Neighbors: Karen Wartko

April 14, 2010

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.

Favorite things

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!


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