Kara Van Wagenen loves being apart of the ELA family. She was born and raised in Clovis, California where she then attended BYU-Idaho, and received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. During her college experience she had the opportunity to participate in a study abroad program in Jerusalem through BYU, and also served an LDS mission in Argentina for 1 1/2 years. She moved to Utah to do her student teaching and then got a job at a charter school where she taught 1st grade for 3 years. In 2016 she started teaching at ELA as a 5th grade teacher and has grown to love teaching the older grades. Kara loves living in the Salt Lake area. She enjoys spending time outdoors, going to the lake, playing tennis and spending time with family and friends.