Karen Cash brings much experience and knowledge of the district with her as she embarks on her new position as the 2019-2020 interim director of Sauk Rapids-Rice Public School’s early childhood program. She has been with the district since 1991, when she began working at Rice Elementary as a speech-language pathologist—a position she held for eight years. Prior to this, Mrs. Cash worked at the Crow River Special Education Cooperative in Hutchinson, Minn., where she served three communities in the same role.
After working at Rice Elementary, Mrs. Cash’s work focused on early childhood cases and she moved to the Hillside Early Childhood Center where she worked until 2016. In the fall of that year, she returned to the elementary school level as an assessment clinician for all initial speech-language evaluations at Pleasantview Elementary, Mississippi Heights Elementary and Rice Elementary.
This year, Mrs. Cash’s career has taken another turn as she serves as the 2019-2020 interim director for Sauk Rapids-Rice Public School’s Early Childhood Education program while Director Megan Rogholt is on professional leave.
Mrs. Cash is settling into her new position and says she is excited to return to her “home” at Hillside and the early childhood programs that introduce the district’s earliest learners to the Sauk Rapids-Rice schools. She hopes her guidance will help staff effectively navigate the year ahead, as the early childhood programs continue to offer exceptional experiences for children and families.
Mrs. Cash and her husband, Brian, have been married for 28 years. They have two adult sons, Brandon and Austin, who, Mrs. Cash says, “make us proud every day.” Her oldest son is a residential college director at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., and her younger son is a mechanical and manufacturing engineer at Malco Products in Annandale, Minn. She is also very proud of her husband’s work as a fire apparatus operator with the St. Cloud Fire Department. In their spare time, Mrs. Cash and her husband enjoy spending time at the lake and traveling. Mrs. Cash also loves to read and wander through antique shops when she has a chance.
We welcome Mrs. Cash to her new role for the 2019-2020 school year. If you have any questions about the early childhood program at Sauk Rapids-Rice Public Schools, call (320) 255-8910 or send Mrs. Cash an email.