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Brian Karsten


Brian Karsten

Today we shine the spotlight on Brian Karsten, Summer Session and Winterim Coordinator, English Teacher, and Forensics Coach!
Thank you for all that you do, Mr. Karsten!

NAME: Brian Karsten
CAMPUS: Grand Rapids Christian High School
ROLE: Summer Session & Winterim Coordinator, English Teacher, Forensics Coach

How long have you been working at GRCS?
14 years

Give a brief overview of your family life, educational and/or career history.
I was born in Ontario, Canada, but grew up in Alberta, Canada. I taught one year in Toronto at Toronto District Christian High School after graduating from Calvin. Since then, I've married, gotten my Masters in English at GVSU, and had a daughter (now two years old). 

What is your favorite part of your job?
Gaining new and different understandings of books I've taught numerous times because of something a student noticed or wrote about. 

Of all your time at GRCS, what special projects are you most proud of?
Many Forensics Individual Champions, and a Team State Championship!

Are there any extracurricular activities you lead or assist with?
Head Forensics Coach, used to direct some plays with the Theater Department as well.

Which Portrait of a Graduate characteristic do you relate to most within your role, and why? Or, which characteristic do you try and exemplify most and why?
Lifelong Explorer — I want to continue to learn, travel, read, and grow as a person, using the gifts and blessings God has given me.