Born in Washington DC and raised in rural Maryland and Virginia, moved to Colorado as an adult, got to Texas as fast as I could….
My husband, Eric and I have lived in Slaton for ten years with our four children, Karly, Samuel, Joseph and Michael. We moved here with the sole purpose of raising our family in a healthy, Christ-centered environment. After joining the Catholic Church in 2007, our family began reaping the blessings of an amazing community of fellowship and love.
In 2007, my journey with St. Joseph Catholic School began. First, enrolling our children, then substitute teaching for a teacher on maternity leave. When that teacher decided to stay home with her new baby, the principal asked if I would consider staying on full-time. After much prayer and discernment, my husband and I decided this was where God wanted me to be.
I taught 5th-8th grades, all subjects, for two years before discerning a need to return to college to finish my degree. After five semesters at Texas Tech, Eric and I decided we needed to relocate to East Texas to care for his grandmother. I transferred to an online school and finished my bachelor’s degree in Science Education in 2012 from Western Governors University. After Eric’s grandmother passed away, we returned to Slaton and I worked as an aid at the school while I finished my master’s degree in Science Education in 2014 from WGU.
In 2014, I was asked to be Director of Religious Education for St. Joseph Catholic Church and also began teaching Science at the school part-time. The next year, I accepted a full-time position, teaching Science, Religion, Spanish, Art & Music to the 3rd-8th grades. In the summer of 2016, I began taking principal certification classes at Creighton University, a Jesuit school. I will complete these classes in 2017.
As I embark on this new journey with all the families at St. Joseph Catholic School, my prayer is to foster an environment of faith, hope and charity for our students, parents and our staff. Parents and guardians, my goal is to work joyfully together in the formation of your children, not just academics, but their whole person. Through greater communication, faith formation for families as well as staff, and ever increasing hope for the future we will foster an environment of love conducive to life-long learning.
Blessings and Peace,
Mrs. Karen M. Hybner, MSEd
“Be who God wants you to be, and you will set the world on fire!”—St. Catherine of Siena