Karen Ascik: Academic Support Specialist

     Mrs. Ascik has been a teacher since 1974. She is a 1973 graduate of Mount Saint Mary’s College (now University), with a B.A. in English. In 1975 she graduated from Rollins College with a Master of Arts in Teaching. She received an M.A. in the Philosophical and Historical Foundations of Education from The Catholic University of America in 1981. She has also been trained at the Key Learning Center in Orton-Gillingham/multisensory teaching at the basic and advanced levels.


     Earlier in her career, Mrs. Ascik taught first, third, and fourth grades (self-contained classrooms), as well as middle school (Language Arts, history, and religion) and high school (English, public speaking, and religion). She then became a stay-at-home mom who, along with her husband, homeschooled all nine of her children, from kindergarten through high school. In 2005 she began substitute teaching at the Key School at Carolina Day School, where she later did an interim assignment and subsequently was hired as a regular faculty member. She taught fourth and fifth grade students with dyslexia. She came to Asheville Catholic School as the reading specialist in 2013.


     Mrs. Ascik’s special interests include the moral imagination of children and the use of stories to foster its development. Mrs. Ascik loves to read, and she hopes to help her students develop a love of reading as well. She also enjoys cooking and baking, and especially cooking big meals to serve to her husband, children and grandchildren.