- Crater High School
Karyn Hale spent all 30 years of her teaching experience at Crater High School and is remembered as a caring, demanding and compassionate teacher who touched in a very positive way many young lives. She taught a number of subjects while at Crater but is probably best remembered as a Psychology teacher who helped develop and write the curriculum for the national Advanced Placement Psychology class. Karyn was a co-founder of the Crater Social Services School, a school-within-a-school that eventually led to the Crater Academy of Health and Public Service. In addition to her teaching duties, for a time she was a track and cross country coach and for many years was the advisor to the Crater International Club, assisting with the Crater foreign exchange program. This led to her organizing and leading sixteen international trips with members of the International Club to Europe, Central America and China. After retirement from Crater in 2010, Karyn has kept busy working at Superior Athletic Club, working with School District 6 homeless students and is on staff at her church, Living Waters Church of Medford, where she mentors young adults as well as leading mission trips to Indonesia and Alaska. She and her husband, Lynn, retired Dean of Students from Crater, are kept busy with three children and six grandchildren and volunteer work but have found time for extensive travel both internationally and domestically. Reflecting on her teaching years, Karyn relates, “Being a teacher taught me to never misjudge a student even when you have to search for a redeeming quality. Never give up hope for students as they have a compelling need for someone to care for them and believe in them.” She cherishes the teaching career she had because she found that “the everyday interactions with my students allowed me to really get to know them, and I was honored that they wanted to get to know me.” With her strong background in Psychology she especially enjoyed helping kids develop problem solving skills, seeing the lights go on when something of significance was achieved and understood, and she tried to realize and understand the “whole” student and where they were coming from. Now, removed from the classroom, she finds that “Facebook has allowed me to reconnect with my former students. It is so wonderful to read about their families and successes. I feel privileged to have worked with these wonderful students. I absolutely loved teaching.” It is no surprise that Karyn’s students loved her.