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Dr. Harriet MacLean

District Administrator: Equity, Community Schools and Restorative Practices, San Rafael City Schools

I have worked closely with Karen Junker for nine years now.  She is a treasure!  Through our work together, I have gained enormous insight into human nature and the importance of creating a culture of caring, inclusion, justice, and equity.  Karen Junker has a wide range of training and expertise in numerous restorative practices, and I have seen her use them all in a variety of settings. 

 

Without fail, the outcomes of these interventions have been exemplary in terms of serving the best interests of all members of the community so as to avoid exclusion or ostracism and, instead, ensure that each community member feels cared for, honored, and respected. Creating a culture of trusting relationships is my top priority as a leader, and Karen Junker has proven to be the perfect person to do this work with me.

Matt Huxley

Executive Director

The Academy of Alameda

Karen Junker has been working with our middle school staff for the past two years to support our practices around using restorative language and community circles as a means of creating an effective classroom culture and restoring it if there are challenges.

 

I have a great deal of respect for her on both a personal and professional basis. She is funny, engaging and very good at what she does. It is rare for a person to come in from the outside and to quickly garner so much respect from a staff and immediately affect their practice. Karen has been able to do that because it is instantly apparent that she is very good at what she does. She is knowledgeable, witty, brings in real experiences as a practitioner, and most important, listens to our staff empathetically.

 

Our staff  has high expectations around professional development and those who implement it, and has Karen has certainly met those expectations.  I have high regards for Karen Junker and do not hesitate to strongly recommend her to school leaders who either are in the early stages of implementing restorative practices, need further development, or require a refresher. Please feel free to contact me with questions.

Lisa Angell Murphy Oates

Equity and Disproportionality Administrator, Mount Diablo Unified School District

Karen Junker and her personalized invitation to learning and thinking outside of the “traditional instruct box” using Restorative Practices has totally revitalized our classroom experiences in Mt. Diablo.  Increased relationship building, increased class time and decreased office referrals are only a few of the benefits we’ve seen in implanting these practices.

 

Elementary and Secondary teachers are gladly joining the RP bandwagon, implementing the practices and find Karen not only to be an awesome trainer, but a supportive guide to assist us as we continue our restorative journey.  Well done, Karen

Dr. Mary A. Mason

Executive Director, Elementary Education, Glendale USD

I highly recommend Karen Junker to any school or school district interested in Restorative Practices.  I have worked with Karen for two years while serving as a middle school principal.  Karen did small group workshops - both full day and half day - for interested staff members.  She brought a wealth of direct classroom experiences into her training, which made her immediately credible.  She has presented shorter presentations at faculty meetings, so that all staff understood Restorative Practices.  This was very well received. 

In my current position as Director of Teaching & Learning, we have utilized Karen for small group problem solving circles a school sites and 2-day trainings with school teams.  Karen will be conducting parent workshops this year as well.  Karen is easily accessible and has "skyped" or participated in phone conferences with teachers and principals to discuss Restorative Practices.

 

I cannot speak highly enough about how engaging Karen is as a presenter, but more than that, she built capacity in others to use Restorative Practices in classrooms and schools.  What a valuable benefit to our school cultures if everyone built solid school communities based on Restorative Practices!  Please feel free to email me at mmason@gusd.net if I can answer any further questions you may have. 

Ayesha Brooks

Coordinator, Positive School Climate and Culture, Fontana Unified School District

Karen Junker is a vibrant, knowledgeable, and experienced trainer who engages all participants with personalized stories and a great sense of humor.  Her trainings incorporate communication and collaboration within the group  in a way that is so successful that lasting friendships have been forged throughout school districts.  Here in Fontana, we’ve grown to prefer Karen as a trainer because she always understands and successfully delivers exactly what is needed in a particular situation.

 

Karen is an experienced classroom teacher who understands the dynamics between teachers and students and provides actual, useful tools for educators to take away with them to their own classrooms, enabling them to facilitate community building circles with confidence and understanding.  Restorative practice is a relatively new idea, and at this stage it is vital that practitioners receive the highest-level training to ensure against the principles and methods becoming slipshod or misinterpreted.

 

Karen can be trusted to provide the most thorough, careful training in a way that makes participants feel confident and motivated, and she imparts it with a warmth and energy that is all her own. 

David Vannasdall

Arcadia Unified Superintendent

"In my twenty-four years in education from a teacher to superintendent, I have never experienced a professional training that significantly affected the personal and professional lives of each and every participant until now. Karen Junker's Restorative Practices training shifted the way people view relationships, community and their behaviors. In a time where I am personally accountable for every dollar spent, I can confidently look each taxpayer in the eye and describe the profound impact this training had on the culture of our school family.

 
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"After years of searching for a Restorative Practices trainer we found Karen!  She is incredibly engaging and provides step by step instructions about how to implement each Restorative Practice that you need every day in schools.  Her experience as a middle and high school teacher brings credibility for teachers and helps open people's hearts and minds.  Without Karen our school district would not be implementing Restorative Justice as effectively or as deeply today."

Laura Mooiman, LCSW, Project Director Wellness Program, Positive Behavior

Interventions & Supports (PBIS)

"Karen Junker has been a critical thought partner in Hillview's training on Restorative Practices. When our school discipline system was at its punitive worst, we turned to her to consult on implementing a Restorative Justice program, and the model she suggested helped decrease our suspensions from over 80 to less than 10 in a single year. Karen has followed up with our staff, helping them understand the bigger picture of Restorative Practices by training us on restorative circles and conflict resolution. Finally, Karen has done in-depth work with our staff, helping us develop public agreements that define how we interact with each other and provide clarity in resolving conflict. Her expertise and insightful leadership have contributed to positive student and staff culture at Hillview Middle School.


It's such a pleasure to work with Karen. She gets down to root causes, has a wealth of tools and resources to provide, and also is a fabulous coach. She pushes your thinking and empowers you to get to solutions. Her no-nonsense, relational approach, plus her vast experience in a school setting, gives her tremendous credibility."

Willy Haug, Principal Hillview Middle School, 1100 Elder Ave. Menlo Park, CA  94025,  

Menlo Park City School District

 
MORE TESTIMONIALS

"After years of searching for a Restorative Practices trainer we found Karen!  She is incredibly engaging and provides step by step instructions about how to implement each Restorative Practice that you need every day in schools.  Her experience as a middle and high school teacher brings credibility for teachers and helps open people's hearts and minds.  Without Karen our school district would not be implementing Restorative Justice as effectively or as deeply today."

Laura Mooiman, LCSW, Project Director Wellness Program, Positive Behavior

Interventions & Supports (PBIS), Napa Valley Unified School District

"Karen is a wonderful restorative practices trainer.  Her passion for and belief in Restorative Practices is evident in every action she engages in.  She relates effortlessly to students and teachers alike.   She is a great listener, and is able to cater her work to the needs of the community she is working with. At our school, she demonstrated norm building sessions with large groups, and getting students to reflect on their behavior and establish norms in small groups and individually, Her community building circles are run efficiently and inclusively. She manages to establish a perfect balance between being firm and being gentle.   Our staff is super energized to start engaging in Restorative Practices!  Thank you Karen!"

Bakul Soman, Assistant Principal, Tierra Linda Middle School, San Carlos Elementary School District

"Karen Junker has been a critical thought partner in Hillview's training on Restorative Practices. When our school discipline system was at its punitive worst, we turned to her to consult on implementing a Restorative Justice program, and the model she suggested helped decrease our suspensions from over 80 to less than 10 in a single year. Karen has followed up with our staff, helping them understand the bigger picture of Restorative Practices by training us on restorative circles and conflict resolution. Finally, Karen has done in-depth work with our staff, helping us develop public agreements that define how we interact with each other and provide clarity in resolving conflict. Her expertise and insightful leadership have contributed to positive student and staff culture at Hillview Middle School.


It's such a pleasure to work with Karen. She gets down to root causes, has a wealth of tools and resources to provide, and also is a fabulous coach. She pushes your thinking and empowers you to get to solutions. Her no-nonsense, relational approach, plus her vast experience in a school setting, gives her tremendous credibility."

Willy Haug, Principal Hillview Middle School, Menlo Park City School District

"Karen Junker has been working with our middle school staff for the past two years to support our practices around using restorative language and community circles as a means of creating an effective classroom culture and restoring it if there are challenges.

I have a great deal of respect for her on both a personal and professional basis. She is funny, engaging and very good at what she does. It is rare for a person to come in from the outside and to quickly garner so much respect from a staff and immediately affect their practice. Karen has been able to do that because it is instantly apparent that she is very good at what she does. She is knowledgeable, witty, brings in real experiences as a practitioner, and most important, listens to our staff empathetically.

Our staff  has high expectations around professional development and those who implement it, and has Karen has certainly met those expectations.  I have high regards for Karen Junker and do not hesitate to strongly recommend her to school leaders who either are in the early stages of implementing restorative practices, need further development, or require a refresher. Please feel free to contact me with questions."

Matt Huxley, Executive Director, The Academy of Alameda

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