Thompson Rivers University

Karen Simon

Name: Karen Simon
Position: Instructor
Phone: 250-392-8162


My life is full with family commitments and obligations extending from the role of grandmother to caretaker of an aging parent; however, I am an avid supporter of life long learning. What captures my imagination these days are alternate modes of delivery for classes or classes without walls, so to speak.


Perhaps of interest to some, my early years of education saw me through almost all forms of government-run structures for educating Aboriginal children. This includes stints at the Lytton Indian Residential School where classes took place at this school, a band day school run by the Department of Indian Affairs in my home community in Skeetchestn, a public school to which I was bused from a reserve, the Kamloops Residential School from which students were bused to public schools (initiating the first integration program in the school district), and a boarding program. Two years after high school graduation I entered the Native Indian Teachers' Education Program, then a pilot program of the University of British Columbia in 1974.

Employment History

As an educator, I entered the workforce by teaching a basic literacy course for Cariboo College in the Merritt area. Shortly thereafter, I enjoyed seven years with the Merritt School District working at the Merritt Secondary School. After moving to Williams Lake, I began working full time with the University Preparation Department at the Thompson Rivers University, then known as Cariboo College and then later as the University College of the Cariboo.

Courses Taught

ENGL 0300, 0400, 0500, 0600, 0620
COMP 0400,0500
STSS 0500
FESL 0500
NAST 0500, 0600
MATH 0300, 0400, 0500

Professional Affiliations

During my first few years with the college, I enjoyed working directly with the Aboriginal communities in the Williams Lake area, both as a liaison and as a coordinator of a local university preparation program. Later, I served a number of years on the First Nations articulation working committee during its inception. As well during this time I attended and presented at(one of)many Adult Basic Education conferences; and currently, I am an active member of a department English Work Group.


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