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 serves on the Joint Standing Committee on InlandFisheries and Wildlife.
Karen grew up in Nashua, New Hampshire and graduated from Nashua High School in 1971. She earned a B. A. from Colby College in 1975, an M.Ed. from Lesley College Graduate School (Lesley University) in 1983, and an Ed.D. from the University of Maine in 2011.
Karen has lived in Fairfield, Maine since 1987 and served continuously on the MSAD/RSU #49 Board of School Directors since the mid-1990s through the end of 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 an 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 stereo-type threat. Karen works closely with undergraduate students at Colby who pursue Maine secondary teacher certification, and 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 co-edits the Journal of Maine Education – a publication of Maine ASCD, a non-profit, professional development organization for educators.
Karen is a former Maine public school teacher and special education administrator. She taught 6th grade in the Messalonskee School District and was a high school special education teacher, department chair, and administrator in Maine School Administrative District #54 (MSAD/RSU #54) in Skowhegan.
Karen has two young adult daughters. Both daughters completed K-12 education in MSAD #49 and are graduates of Lawrence High School. Katherine graduated from college in 2011, and Julia is a senior in college.