Principal's Message

Hello, Karen Western Staff, Students, and Families!!!

 I am so excited to begin my third year as the Principal of Karen Western. This is an amazing community, and I am very proud to be a part of it. Prior to my time with Ralston Public Schools, I taught K-6 English Language Learners in Bellevue, Nebraska. I was also a high school football and swimming coach at Bellevue East. While I enjoyed these experiences immensely, I knew that I was ready to pursue my dream of becoming an elementary principal. I am so happy that I get to see this lifelong goal fulfilled as the Principal of  Karen Western Elementary. 

Here at Karen Western, our staff members are committed to providing each child with the opportunity to achieve, both academically and socially, in a safe and welcoming learning environment. We believe that every child can be successful and that every child can learn. We strive, through continual professional development and collaboration, to provide our students with the necessary tools and resources to achieve in the classroom and in their daily lives. 

On behalf of the Karen Western teachers and staff, I would like to thank you for the opportunity to help your child grow. We appreciate your trust and support as we strive to provide your child with the most optimal learning environment possible. We look forward to building partnerships with families in order to help your child reach his/her educational goals. 

If you have any questions, or if we can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to call. Thank you, and have a wonderful day!


Dr. Joshua Wilken, Ed. D., Principal

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