Charlene received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington and her Masters of Education from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Her first year of teaching took her back to her place of birth, Honolulu, Hawaii. She then ventured to Fairbanks, Alaska and became an educator, for 25 years, in the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District. She has taught the varied curriculums of grades K-8. Her areas of interest are hands-on academic content, reluctant learners, literacy, and a pursuit of gaining knowledge about multiculturalism.
"The best thing about being a teacher is observing how children make sense of their world. I am always amazed by the candor, effervescence and curiosity of the child. As a mentor, I am looking forward to participating in the numerous celebrations of self-discovery, triumphs of connections and the joys of bonding which will occur for the novice teacher."