About Karen Trusler

Why I am running for District B RE-4 Board of Education:

RE-4 is my home. I am passionate about this community and have a desire to be able to serve. As a former superintendent, I was fortunate to have dedicated board directors, and my hope is to serve in the same manner. My eleven years as a superintendent provided me with knowledge of policy, the critical partnership of a superintendent and school board, and a solid understanding of a board member’s role and responsibilities. I am able to commit the time and effort needed. I love to celebrate successes, yet I also welcome the challenges and deep conversations which will also lead to more successes.

I believe that the focus in education should always be what is in the best interest of the students. Afterall, our children only make up about 20% of the population, yet they are 100% of the future. One size does not fit all students and I believe that school choice and options for families are critical. Investing in our educators is also important to recruit and retain outstanding staff. Being a wise steward of funding and resources is imperative for all stakeholders. RE-4 has a solid reputation as a quality district for student success. In order to continue and improve this quality the board must listen to the needs of the community, and involve the community as integral partners.

Professional Background

  • RE-4: 20 years teaching over 700 students in kindergarten through fourth grades at Tozer and Skyview; 3 years as Teacher on Special Assignment for Standards and Assessment, 2 years Mountain View principal, 3 years Grandview principal, 9 years superintendent retiring in 2015

  • RE-5J Johnstown-Milliken School District Interim superintendent 2021-2023

Nonprofit Board Director Leadership Experience over the last fifteen years:

Weld Food Bank, Poudre Learning Center, RE-4 Education Foundation, Community Grief Center, Rocky Mountain Rotary Youth Leadership (RYLA), Women’s Fund of Weld County.

Personal Background

I am a Colorado native from Littleton. Keith and I just celebrated 46 years of marital bliss. Our son, daughter-in-law, and two granddaughters are living happily ever after in Nashville. I am an active member of the Rotary Club of Windsor. My faith, family and friends keep me focused on what is most important.

Awards

  • Women of Distinction in Education Biz West 2013

  • Rotarian of the Year for Rotary District 5440 2019-2020

  • Xi Epsilon Lambda Beta Sigma Phi Woman of the year 2020-2021

  • Outstanding Women of Weld County 2023 Friends of a Woman’s Place

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