Health Occupations

Mrs. Karen Koester
Mrs. Karen Koester

Phone: 815-858-2203 ext. 116


Degrees and Certifications:

Registered Nurse Bachelors of Science in Nursing Masters in Nursing Education Certified in CPR/AED for Professional Provider Stop the Bleed Instructor

Mrs. Karen Koester

I grew up in Jo Daviess county and attended the vocational center for health care my senior year.  After high school, I attended Highland Community College earning an Associates in Applied Science degree(ADN) in nursing and became a registered nurse(RN). I went to Northern Illinois University and Clarke University for my advanced degrees. I have worked in Rockford, Freeport, Peoria and Galena hospitals and directed a federal grant in community work for rural health. I currently serve on a state board for HOSA-Future Health Professionals and am active with the Health Occupation Educators.

I raise purebred Charolais cattle and farm with my dad and my children, and spend the rest of my time following the activities of my two children. My daughter has followed  in my footsteps and is an agricultural education teacher and my son is a student at the University of Illinois with the goal of medical education or researcher.

Educational Philosophy

  • I believe that part of my personal philosophy relates to the metaphors; “Education is a life-long journey” and “Learning isn’t about getting to a destination; it’s about the stops along the way”. I feel both of these metaphors appeal to me because they symbolize that I am always changing and growing and so are my students.  I hope that the “learning stop” that my students have with me not only gives them information and certification but it teaches them about themselves and the people they can be.

    I believe that every day as I go in to teach, I reflect on the philosophy of being a sound educator who is available to my students as a role model, discussion mediator, supervisor and educator. A great teacher is someone who can listen, evaluate, change and still provide the materials required to prepare their students for the real world of work and further education.

    I hope that my students gain understanding of the care and commitment that goes into being a good professional in any area they pursue, and they understand the idea of teamwork, leadership, and their ability to succeed if they apply themselves. By using all of these philosophies in the classroom and my life, my students recognize that I am a human being and make mistakes, learn and function just as they do every day.  I guide and shepherd these young minds to the next stop on their journey.