Holmes Highlights is a regular feature where we get to know members of our Holmes Community a little better. This week we are highlighting Karon Khaleel, Holmes Elementary's new Student Support Specialist for the 2015-2016 school year. Where were you born? Detroit
Where did you grow up? Denver, until my middle school years, then our family relocated to Naperville because of my mom's work.
How many siblings do you have? 5 and I'm the second oldest.
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? An architect, but then I changed my mind because going to school for that would have been too expensive.
How did you become a teacher? Honestly, I was attracted to the teaching profession initially because of the school calendar, but once I started teaching I realized that I had found my passion. I love teaching kids and found that they respond to me--which is very rewarding.
What are your favorite grades to teach? Elementary school. I love kindergartners for their enthusiasm, and second graders are great because they are starting to really LEARN. 4th and 5th graders are fun to teach too because of their independence, and they are applying what they are learning.
What makes you happy? Going out for dinner. I make an effort to try a new restaurant every week. I love to spend time with my family and friends.
What is your favorite food? Pizza and ice cream. I could eat them both every day.
What are your least favorite foods?Mushrooms, calamari and scallops.
What hobbies do you have? I like to run on the lakefront, go for bike rides and travel. I am committed to my work, but I value spending time with family and friends, traveling and doing things I enjoy. Having a balanced life is a big priority for me.
What personal characteristic do you most value? Openness and honesty.
What do you most treasure? My family. I am very close to my mother, my grandmother and my step-father.
What was your most pleasant surprise? Getting a job with District 97. I had been an assistant principal with the Chicago Public Schools prior to this role, but I have wanted to work in Oak Park for five years. Getting this job has made me so happy!