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Hi I'm Karen Lillywhite Hanson

I am a native Californian (U.S.), a mother of two, and a principal at a school for severally disabled students. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a native Californian (U.S.). I am a wife and mother of two. My college education trained me in the field of nursing, but during the past 20 years, I have worked in the public school system, first as a school nurse, then school administrator, and now as a principal at a school for severally disabled students. They range in age from 3 to 22 years and each is a precious person, housed inside a fragile body or mind. It is a priviledge and pleasure to go to my job every day. I have always been interested in continuing my education and recently, I completed a doctoral degree in education, an experience that was challenging and rewarding. Now that I have a little more "free" time, I enjoy singing in a local chorale, baking, and spending time with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I feel fortunate to have been born to parents who very actively participated in the L.D.S. church. This background laid a sturdy foundation for the choices that I have made throughout my life, including remaining actively involved in the church myself. Although my life took some unexpected turns, in the form of the ending of my first marriage and seeing both of my children struggle with significant life events, the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ remain the anchor to which I hold during hardship. As a child, teenager, and young adult, I learned to follow God's plan for me by following the example of my parents and church leaders, attending weekly worship meetings and youth activities, and by gaining my own testimony through study and prayer. Without this spiritual and moral foundation, I'm certain I would not have had strength or desire to arise every day, face the world, and do so with a hopeful and optimistic attitude. Instead, I would have been far more likely to have been angry with life and even with God for the disappointments that I felt came my way, making me a sad and miserable person. I am thankful that the love and light of Christ shines in me as I try to do my best every day and that I can, in turn, contribute happiness to the world around me.

How I live my faith

I participate in the music program in our church. Ours is an unpaid choir that provides music for worship meetings and also for community cultural and patriotic events. I also work with the young men and women in our congregation to help them learn and present musical selections in their meetings. In my profession, I encourage the local L.D.S. youth groups to come to my school and interact wih the students with disabilities. It helps them learn to follow Jesus Christ's example of service. At least monthly, I contact two women who are assigned to my stewardship. I make sure that they are not in need of anything with which I or the church might assist them.