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Mrs. Karvis


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  • B.S.

  • M.A. Education

  • Ed.S

Positions at Oakcliff Elementary School

  • Grade 4 Team
  • Interrelated Teacher 
  • Curriculum Specialist
  • Leadership Academy
  • Teacher Support Specialist
  • STEM Trainer
  • CAMPUS Trainer
  • CODING Club
  • Drama Club
  • Chess Club Coordinator






Chess Club Tuesday bi-weekly until 3:15
District wide events
It's not about Kings, Queens, and Rooks, but rather, quadrants and coordinates, thinking strategically and foreseeing consequences. It's about lines and angles, weighing options and making decisions. Chess might just be the perfect teaching and learning tool. The game of chess increases higher level thinking skills, advance math and reading skills, and builds self-confidence. 
Research shows, there is a strong correlation between learning to play chess and academic achievement. Students who received chess instruction scored significantly higher on all measures of academic achievement, including math, spatial analysis, and non-verbal reasoning ability. Wendi Fischer is the Scholastic Director of America's Foundation for Chess, a non-profit organization formed in 2000, dedicated to bringing chess into the schools so that all children can have the benefits of its lessons.


The mission of the Coding Club is to give every child at Oakcliff the chance to learn to write computer code. So you love to play computer games? What do you think about learning to create those games? Plus, we will learn to program robots for a semester long competition.


Drama Club enhances student’s knowledge in the theatre arts.  The club offers students an opportunity to perform an age appropriate theatrical play or musical.  Students are also exposed to areas such as: acting, vocal performance, lighting design, audio control, stage design, set construction and various advertising tools to help promote an upcoming performance.  In general, the club offers students opportunities in creating, building, and performing a theatrical show.









Educational Philosophy

My philosophy of teaching developed from many years of instruction. As I reaffirm my beliefs concerning teaching and learning, I find that my reasons for teaching are:

  • to promote positive learning environments
  • to promote enthusiasm for learning
  • to provide the foundation for lifelong learning
  • to inspire my learners
  • to diversify my teaching
  • to have fun while learning
  • to have my learners be teachers








Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.       

John F. Kennedy

35th president of US 1961-1963 (1917 - 1963)  







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