Phone: 815-886-3380


Degrees and Certifications:

BS in Elementary Education, Illinois State University, 1991 MEd in Special Education, National Louis University, 2005 National Board Certification, 2013 ESL Endorsement, University of St. Francis, 2014

Miss Karen Trajkovich


My name is Karen Trajkovich.  This is my 12th year teaching, and my 10th year at Irene King. I graduated from Illinois State with a Bachelor's in Elementary Education, and then I received my Master's in Special Education from National Louis University. I am so excited to start my first year as a 1st grade co-teacher with Mrs. Bernhardt. Previously, I had been co-teaching in 5th grade with Mrs. Rowley.  It will be a new experience for me and I can't wait! 

I have one daughter, Kailyn, who will be 20 this year and three fur babies (two cats, Dazzle and Norman, and a black lab named Chloe).  In my spare time, I work part time at Fannie May, go boating, take long walks with my dog, hang out with friends and family, and read.  I also enjoy playing word games such as Words With Friends, and Ruzzle.  

This year will be filled with so many new experiences for the students and for me.  I am eager to begin the 2017-2018 year with the first grade family and embark on our new learning adventures together!!!