I've been a teacher since 1977, in public and private schools, in third through eighth grades, in California, Colorado, New York, and Washington. In 1983 I started specializing in gifted education. I now work in North Kitsap, teaching a self-contained Highly-Capable fifth grade class.
I've written science and social studies curriculum units for our district, resource books for teachers, and educational articles. I've presented at national and state science, social studies, and gifted conferences. I've done in-service training, both within my district and as a consultant through other districts and my ESD. For the past several years I've been a contributor to Stories from School, a teachers' blog supported by the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession.
Many of the things I have written, and many of the materials I have developed for my own classroom use—including the grammar book Elementary English—are available for free off this website (see the Books page for more).
Why is my website called Kragen U? A parent came to me some years ago and said she was so glad her daughter was in my class, enrolled at Kragen U. I laughed, but the name stuck.
As I tell my students, I am not getting them ready for their next grade level or high school. I am getting them ready for Stanford or Johns Hopkins or Harvard or wherever they decide they want to go.