Location: Kirkwood, Missouri, United States
Karen S. Haller, Teacher, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in elementary education.
When Mrs. Haller was growing up, generally women could only be teachers, nurses or like her mother, work in a bank. Mrs. Haller had an interest in teaching, so that is the career path she chose. She was also always interested in the outdoors, so she joined various outdoor clubs knowing that they would be interesting to her. The Butterfly House was a local club she joined that she is still a part of today. Mrs. Haller is a member of a botany group with the Webster Grove Nature Society, they go on weekly trips and occasionally on one-week trips where they would go to another part of the state to study plants, insects, snakes or whatever would appear as they were out there. Before venturing on her career path, Mrs. Haller earned a BS in Education from the University of Missouri in 1956.
Mrs. Haller is most proud of her book, “Walking with Wildflowers.” The book took a lot of her time, but it also utilized her talent for writing and photography. Mrs. Haller began on her career path in 1956 as a teacher for the Ladue School District and remained on staff until 1960. She then became a chairman and a bus tour guide for the St. Louis Visiting Center from 1966 to 1970. From 1969 to 1971, Mrs. Haller was an assistant leader of a Brownie Troop and a junior Girl Scout troop for the Girls Scout of the United States of America. In 1975, she became a hearing testing technician for the Special School District in St. Louis County and remain in that position for a year. Following that position, Mrs. Haller became an advisor for the co-ed explorer post of the Boy Scouts of America until 1980. Joining Sophie M. Sachs Butterfly House in 1998, she took on the role of interpreter and volunteer there until 2002. Since 2002, Mrs. Haller has been a teacher. As a testament to her success, Mrs. Haller has received myriad accolades including but not limited to being awarded for 20 years of outstanding service by the Missouri Botanical Garden Program in 2018 and receiving the Erna R. Eisendrath Education Award from the Missouri Native Plant Society in 1994. Furthermore, Mrs. Haller has been listed in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the Midwest, Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who of American Women.
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