Hello, my name is Karen Bukowski and I am the new Bellows Falls Middle School Principal, I’m also a new Vermonter, having recently moved from the Chicago Metropolitan area where I was born, raised, attended college, taught and was a school administrator. My official hometown is Oak Park, Illinois a suburb just west of the Chicago city limits. Oak Park is the birthplace of writer Ernest Hemingway and it’s also famous for being where architect Frank Lloyd Wright had his home and studio (it is still there and attracts many tourists at all times of the year) – one of the high school’s alumni is Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonald’s!
I’ve been in education over 25 years. I began my career as a Physical Education Teacher and then became an Assistant Principal at the Middle School level, and recently was the Principal of Forest Park Middle School (FPMS) for 13 years. Outside of school, I enjoy biking, hiking, golfing, swimming, snowshoeing, cross country skiing kayaking – basically any outdoor activity. I can downhill ski but I haven’t really done any skiing for a few years. (There aren’t many mountains in Illinois) Therefore, I’m looking forward to more skiing now that I’m a Vermonter.
Since I’m from Chicago, I’m a Bears, Cubs, Bulls and of course the Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks! However, my new favorite team is going to be the BFMS Terriers! My door is open and I welcome the opportunity to meet the students and families of Bellows Falls Middle School. I’m looking forward to great school year – Go Terriers!