Dept. of Chenistry and Physics
2011 Alumni of the Year
Karen Nagel began her teaching career at Valparaiso High School and has been teaching there for over nine years. Karen knew that she wanted to be an educator and developed her love for science in high school due to the science teachers that she had throughout her high school career. “I want my students to have a great experience in their science classes just as I did.”
Karen is avid runner of 17 years and competes in local road races. With her running experience, she is looking forward to sharing her knowledge as she serves as the assistant coach for the first men’s and women’s cross country team at Purdue Calumet.
Karen earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry teaching from Purdue Calumet in 2001 and a master’s degree in Education from Indiana Wesleyan University.
Karen’s most valued Purdue Calumet experience:
“Through my experience at Purdue Calumet, I felt that I have gained a great deal of knowledge which I am now able to apply in my career as a teacher. I also felt that my professors really cared about me as a student and were always willing to answer any questions. Overall, I value the degree that I received through Purdue Calumet!”
Karen’s advice to current Purdue Calumet students:
“My advice to current Purdue students is to take your education seriously. Many jobs in the workforce require you to have a degree. Purdue Calumet can help you to successfully get the job that you want.
I would also recommend that students take full advantage of what Purdue Calumet has to offer to their students, whether it is tutoring services, internship opportunities, sports, intramurals, and/or other various clubs and activities. Purdue Calumet is expanding and there is a lot that a student can do on campus. Your college experience will only be as memorable as you make it, so get involved!”