Karen Blase

Back 2 School America's "We Appreciate Teachers" Contest

Why Karen Blase Was Chosen

Karen Blase was chosen because of the immense impact she's had on multiple generations of students; her 45 years ensuring students are educated and equipped for the world; the story of Gina on why she was nominated.


Karen Blase is a passionate educator, teaching 45 years at Divine Providence School, where she's also serves as assistant principal. As she approaches her well-earned retirement at the end of this school year, she has undoubtedly had a positive impact on countless lives, and generations of families.

One of the most rewarding aspects of her career has been witnessing the growth of former students, who are now proud parents, entrusting their children to Karen for the same high-quality education that they received. This unique bond between generations is a testament to her unwavering commitment to providing an exceptional learning experience that not only imparts knowledge but also fosters a lifelong love for learning, and a love of others.

A direct example is Gina, who herself was taught by Mrs. Blase and now she is teaching her daughter. Gina saw the "We Appreciate Teachers" contest on social media and felt compelled to nominate her.



About Back 2 School America

The Back 2 School program was launched in 2007 to address the pressing needs of communities and the inequities in educational opportunities for children. 

In 2015 the nonprofit changed its name to Back 2 School Illinois (B2SI) to reflect the work of the organization. In the summer of 2018, B2SI expanded and launched Back 2 School America, to provide Back 2 School kits to children across the USA. 

Today, B2SA continues to provide children of low-income households with free school supplies to help level the playing field and lessen the financial burden on their families and their teachers. The Back 2 School program has provided more than 350,000 children with their own school supply kit. The organization’s long-term goal is to make sure that all children in the USA are provided with the school supplies they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond.


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