Meet the Teacher: Karah Hensel

G.T. Norman Elementary teacher, Karah Hensel, works with second-grader Drake Dennis to turn on a program to listen to books. Hensel is in her first year of teaching in the Reed City Area Public Schools district. (Pioneer photo/Meghan Gunther-Haas)

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REED CITY — Karah Hensel did not move far from home when she started her job at G.T. Norman Elementary School.

Hensel, a graduate of Reed City High School, was a substitute teacher in the Reed City Area Public Schools system before being hired on as a second-grade teacher this year.

“It’s been an adventure,” she said. “This year has been going well. The parents have been really supportive, which is awesome.”

Another form of support for Hensel comes from the G.T. Norman administration and her peers, especially one fourth-grade teacher, Hensel’s sister Kalee.

“She gives me a lot of tips and helps me out,” Hensel said. “Some of the teachers I had in school help out, too. I have a lot of support around me. I’m really excited to be back here.”

After graduating high school in 2014, Hensel took classes at Baker College, including working through the summer to get her degree in four years. Hensel graduated in May and when she heard there was a position open in Reed City, she applied for the job.

This year, she has 21 students and teaches reading, writing, math, science and social studies.

“The kids are just awesome,” Hensel said. “I hope to help them the way my teachers helped me.”

When not planning to dive into one part of her curriculum or another, Hensel likes to read and relax at home, or spend time with her family. With her family close by, Hensel said a weekly tradition is having dinner at her grandparents’ house on Sundays.


Posted by Meghan Gunther-Haas

Meghan is the education reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review. She can be reached at (231) 592-8382 or by email at

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