Representative Karen Kusiak
66 Bray Avenue, Fairfield, ME 04937
About Rep. Kusiak
Rep. Karen Kusiak is serving her first term in the House of Representatives. She is a member of the Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
Karen grew up in Nashua, N.H., and graduated from Nashua High School in 1971. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Colby College in 1975, a M.Ed. from Lesley College Graduate School in 1983 and an Ed.D. from the University of Maine in 2011.
Karen has lived in Fairfield since 1987 and served continuously on the MSAD/RSU 49 Board of School Directors since the mid-1990s through 2012. She has been an active member of the board’s Policy, Negotiations and Curriculum committees. She serves on the MSAD/RSU 49 drop-out prevention team and participated as a parent member of Lawrence High School’s self-study team for New England Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation.
Karen is a teacher educator at Colby College, where she has held a part-time faculty appointment since 1990. Karen serves on various faculty advisory committees at Colby and has been active in building an inclusive campus community through her involvement as a peer-trainer for Valuing Differences workshops and by co-leading workshops and discussions that promote campus awareness of the effects of stereotype threat.
Karen works closely with undergraduate students at Colby who pursue Maine secondary teacher certification. She collaborates with teacher educators from Maine colleges and universities – as well as with personnel from the Maine Department of Education and State Board of Education – on projects related to teacher education. Karen is former co-editor of the Journal of Maine Education, a publication of the Maine Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, a non-profit, professional development organization for educators, and remains on the editorial board of the publication.
Karen is a former Maine public school teacher and special education administrator. She taught sixth grade in the Messalonskee School District and was a high school special education teacher, department chair and administrator in MSAD 54 in Skowhegan.
Karen has an external adjunct faculty appointment at the University of Maine Graduate School in the College of Education and Human Development. She teaches a graduate education course for Maine teachers in alternate summer sessions.
Karen has two young adult daughters. Both completed K-12 education in MSAD 49, which comprises Albion, Benton, Clinton and Fairfield, and are graduates of Lawrence High School. Katherine graduated from college in 2011, and Julia graduated from college in 2013.