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Karen Chen on Keeping Calm Under Pressure
Join Olympic silver-medal winning figure skater and Connections Academy graduate Karen Chen for a candid discussion on how she managed her shyness, overcame fears and developed self-empathy, all while under an international spotlight.

Connections Academy continues its Emotional Fitness Talks series for Mental Health Awareness Month with California Connections Academy class of 2017 alumna and international figure skating star, Karen Chen!

Karen will chat with Connections Academy’s head of counseling, Morgan Champion, and share how she prioritized her mental well-being to conquer fears, shut down inner critics, and ultimately achieve her dreams.

Karen is a decorated women’s figure skater with a 2022 Beijing Silver medal, 2017 U.S National Champion title, a 2022 U.S. National Silver medal, and three U.S. National Bronze medals (2015, 2018, 2021). A dedicated academic, Karen attends Cornell University's School of Human Ecology as part of the class of 2025. In 2017, Karen published a memoir titled, Finding The Edge: My Life on the Ice, and is currently on tour with Stars on Ice. Find Karen on social media @Karebearsk8.

The event will be 45 minutes with an audience Q&A. You will receive an email with a link to join the event. To learn more about Connections Academy’s Emotional Fitness Talks, visit experience.connectionsacademy.com/mentalhealth

Connections Academy is a tuition-free, online public school for K-12 students and part of Pearson. With 20 years of expertise, we know how to create a high-quality educational experience that keeps students motivated and engaged in a safe, virtual learning environment.

This special event is designed for students in grades 6 and up and covers a breadth of topics including confidence, anxiety, and identity.

May 25, 2022 04:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Karen Chen
National Women’s Figure Skater
Karen is a California Connections Academy graduate and decorated women’s figure skater with a 2022 Olympics Silver medal, 2017 U.S National Champion title, a 2022 U.S. National Silver medal, and three U.S. National Bronze medals (2015, 2018, 2021). Karen currently attends Cornell University’s School of Human Ecology.
Morgan Champion
Head of Counseling at Connections Academy Schools
Morgan Champion is a professional school counselor with over 17 years supporting PreK-12 education. She is the School Counseling Lead for Pearson Virtual Schools where she supports the work of school counselors and educators at over 45 Connections Academy and Pearson Online Academy schools nationwide to enhance the student and staff experience.