Karime Asaf is entering her sixth year as the principal of Bernhard Moos Elementary School (Moos). She is proud of the committed Moos community and dedicated teachers who worked alongside her to help the school grow from Level 3 to Level 1 status on the district’s School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP) between the 2011-12 and 2015-16 school years. During this time, the school also began branding itself as an authorized provider of the International Baccalaureate, Middle Years Programme (IB MYP). This is offered in conjunction with a dual language program, strong social and emotional learning (SEL) supports and inclusive services for all diverse learners.
During the upcoming school year, Karime hopes to solidify Moos’ foundation in the IB MYP program and to serve diverse learners in fully inclusive settings. She will continue trying to engage students and teachers in decision-making, and providing a world-class education for all Moos scholars.
Karime is a native of Colombia. She migrated to the United States at the age of 16 and attended Senn High School, where she learned how to speak English through the English as a Second Language (ESL) program. Her career as an educator began in 1989, when she became a bilingual teacher for the first grade. Since then, she has gained a well-rounded experience serving in high schools, private schools and charter schools. She attended DePaul University to obtain a master’s degree in special education and is currently enrolled in their educational leadership doctoral program.
For Karime, working with her teachers is one of her favorite aspects of the principal role. She strongly believes that teachers are the key to the academic success of students, and enjoys supporting the personal and professional development of her staff. As a school leader, she also believes that continuous learning and professional growth is a fundamental part of her responsibilities. She is looking forward to enriching her practice and expanding opportunities for innovation through the Fellowship experience. Ultimately, Karime strives to continue expanding her capacity to serve her teachers, students, school community and district in more progressive and effective ways.