Phone: 626-676-4746


Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Kari Vargas

AP English Lit/College Prep English 12th Grade / ELD 5 
Bachelor of Arts-English and Comparative Literary Studies-Occidental College
Master of Arts in Teaching English-Occidental College
Master of Arts in English Education--Columbia University 
Ms. Vargas is a native Oregonian. She moved to California in 1994 and never looked back. After several years singing in various groups and a brief stint as an opera singer, she decided it was no longer feasible to "sing for her supper," and she decided to complete her education. Ms. Vargas attended Pasadena City College and transferred to Occidental College to earn her Bachelor's Degree with Honors in Comparative Literary Studies. She then earned a combination Teaching credential and Master's Degree in Teaching English at Oxy. In 2015, she earned a Master's in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York.
Ms. Vargas found her home at Hoover 14 years ago as a student teacher. She is a proud mom to a 6 year old daughter, a proud teacher and a proud Tornado. She also has led the Hoover Relay for Life team for the past 14 years and supported the fundraising of over $150,000 for Cancer research. Ms. Vargas is excited to be teaching 12th grade and ELD 5 this year!
Ms. Vargas greets every day in her classroom with enthusiasm and vigor. She looks forward to many more rewarding years as a Hoover Tornado
"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"  Mary Oliver