Kim Skarns

Kim Skarns

Kim Skarns

Eighth through Twelfth Grade Language Arts Teacher

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Ms. Skarns teaches 9th--12th grade English and graduated with a Bachelor's of Science summa cum laude in English Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  She earned her Master's Degree summa cum laude in English and with a 4.0 GPA.  She was a featured writer in IUP's "Viewer Discretion is Advised" literary magazine.  At IUP, she was a member of the IUP Ambassador's organization, serving as Vice President of Administration, supporting communication between alumni, current students, and incoming students at IUP.   She also participated in an urban teaching seminar in Philadelphia and has studied abroad in Oxford, UK. 

In her own words: My motivation for working with students each day *is* my students. Their views of the world are refreshing and inspiring. I love being able to have an influence on their free-thinking and critical thinking about their world. They're creative and clever and I get to watch them grow as humans and into who they will be when they move into the 'real world'; that is something I never take for granted and feel privileged to be able to share with them.

At Pikes Peak Prep, she teaches secondary English and has been an advisor for Student Council and Yearbook for 3 years.  In addition, she is an adjunct English instructor at Pikes Peak Community College. 

 Ms. Skarns believes in her students' abilities to grow into people who think freely and critically about the world around them.  She is confident that the road they are on at Pikes Peak Prep will provide them with the tools they will need for college and beyond.

In her free time, Ms. Skarns enjoys writing, hiking, spending time with her dog Karma and her partner, and watching movies.