Profile Updated: January 16, 2017
Residing In: Sandy, UT USA
Spouse/Partner: Galen O Chatterton
Occupation: RETIRED Principal, Westbrook Elementary
Children: Jamin b. 1972 (deceased 1987)
Nathan b. 1973
Stephanie b. 1976
Natalie b. 1977
Tiffanie More…b. 1980
Kimberlie b. 1983
Yes! Attending Reunion

After high I attend BYU. I met my sweetheart in 1970 while we were performing in "Promised Valley," for the LDS church.
I have owned a successful ballet school, helped start the Sandy City Arts Council, was the Artistic Director and founder of Mountain West Ballet (retired), theatre director for Bumbleberry Playhouse, choreographer for Sandy and Murray City summer theatre, and I have run a restaurant (not my favorite). I have taught 4th, 5th, and 6th grades in public elementary schools, and earned two Master Degrees in Education, a National Board Certified teacher, and an elementary school principal in Granite School District.

My husband and sweetheart and I have 10 grandchildren, with another on the way this winter.

I have been busy working in community theater directing, choreographing, and costuming for several plays. The arts are my second love, after my family :)

Who was your favorite East High Teacher? Why?

Florin Nielsen was my favorite teacher. He encouraged me to use my talents and abilities. He gave each of us wonderful opportunities to explore theater and stretch our wings. The things that I learned in the classes, plays and competitions became a foundation for my later ventures into the arts. Thank you, Mr. Nielsen.

What is the funnest thing you have done recently?

I spent three weeks in the UK touring each of its beautiful countries. We learned so much that it is still spinning in my head. I have gained an immense appreciation for the British Isles and its people. The places I stood were ancient and iconic! If only I had had the experience earlier in my life, learning about history would have been a whole lot different.

If you could have a "do-over" for one year or event in your life, what would it be, and why"

High school, all of it. I would have worked harder and tried for a scholarship abroad.

How have your priorities changed in the last 10 years?

People and relationships a the most important thing in my life. My family is on the top of the list of "people." they have increased in importance in ways I never imagined in my younger years.

Who would you most like to have lunch with?

ALL of my children and their families.

Summarize the most important things you have learned since 1969.

Life is precious and very short; make the most of each day. I have also learned that the most exciting discoveries are the ones you fear the most. The only failures are the things you avoid because you not willing to attempt.

It's never too late to try new things!

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Karen, , I know you'll have a GREAT BIRTHDAY!
You may not know that Steve Lindgren is back home from his back surgery and has some good days and bad days-please keep him in your prayers....
On a humorous note: When I turned 61 we chose to go to The BIG TEXAN in Amarillo, TX and try on that 72oz steak-which is FREE if you can eat it, a Shrimp Cocktail, a dinner Salad and THREE JALAPINOS...all in one hour...I had to HANG my HEAD in SHAME...I could only eat HALF of it! Your friend, JOHN Adamson could have EASILY eaten the WHOLE THING in an hour!
My dad called him "Hollow Legs Adamson" because from the time we were Deacons in the Federal Heights Ward, he could eat as MUCH as me or any of my 3 brothers! Looks like he finally GREW into a bit of height from all of his consumption over the years! I'll bet you or one of your family members could have EATEN it all! ;0)
I know you'll have a great day, surrounded by your family & friends.... Brian B