Karina was born and raised in Winnipeg Manitoba. After graduating from Westgate Mennonite Collegiate (1992) she received her Bachelor of Physical Education (1995) and her Bachelor of Education (1997) from the University of Manitoba. Karina's teaching career began with the St. James Assiniboia school division (1997 - 1999) where she taught K -5 physical education. Her passion as a certified fitness leader opened the door to fitness instruction at a variety of fitness facilities and High Schools within the city. In addition she began "Kiddin' around" educational fitness programs for children. In 2006, Karina returned to teaching and accepted a position with the River East Transcona School division teaching K-5 physical education at Harold Hatcher Elementary School. She thoroughly enjoyed her time with the students. Karina is excited to be a staff member at Westgate Mennonite Collegiate. She loves bringing her love of movement and fitness into the High School gymnasium. In addition, Karina is anticipating an exciting year at the school as she takes her love of reading and writing into the grade eight and nine language arts program. Karina, along with her husband Doug and their three children (Jaymi, Isaak and Katie) enjoy skiing, camping and spending time at the Falcon Lake cottage. Together they attend Douglas Mennonite Church.