Karissa Swanson
K-5 General Music Teacher

Karissa Swanson



This is Miss Karissa’s third year at Doull and 14th year of teaching general music. Karissa grew up in the midwest, where she loved playing piano, playing cello in the orchestra, accompanying school musicals on the piano, and singing with the high school’s traveling show choir. She moved to Colorado in 2005 for her first teaching job. Most of her teaching has been in Colorado except for a 2-year contract in Morocco. Karissa earned her BA in Music Education from St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN) and an MS in Education from Walden University. She has a certification in Orff-Schulwerk, which she studied at the San Francisco International Orff school. Karissa loves to teach music, and also to be a musician. She performs with the St. Martin’s Chamber Choir and loves to play the piano and drum. She also performs in a trio called Falling for Annie, where she is always learning to be a better musician. For fun, Karissa likes to be outside (running, hiking, camping, biking, gardening), cooking a delicious vegan meal, hanging out with her loved ones, adventuring on her sailboat, or reading a good book.