Discovery's 2017-2018 Third Grade TeamMrs. Sarina Marine is thrilled to be returning to Discovery Elementary School’s third-grade team! This year marks her 12th year teaching, and her 10th year teaching third-grade. Her first 7 years of experience were in Fairfax County, but she is so happy to be back home in Loudoun!Mrs. Marine graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in Early Childhood Education. She is also a graduate of Broad Run High School. She was born and raised in Loudoun County, and currently resides in Leesburg with her husband, their 5-year-old daughter, and their 1-year-old son.
Outside of school, Mrs. Marine enjoys playing with her kids, spending time with family and friends, walking, reading, listening to music, and helping at Studio Bleu Dance Center (where she danced growing up). Her family also vacations often in Myrtle Beach, as her father and both sets of grandparents live there.Mrs. Marine looks forward to a fantastic third-grade year with her Trailblazer family!
Katie Swanson is very excited to start her second year here at Discovery and to get to know each one of you!
Ms. Swanson will be beginning her twelfth year of teaching. She went to the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, where she studied English Literature and Sociology, then to the University of Michigan Law School. She worked as a lawyer in both New York City and Washington, D.C., but then decided she could make a bigger difference through teaching. Ms. Swanson taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade, as well as environmental education, for ten years in Maryland. She founded after-school environmental clubs at two schools that received both national and international recognition, and started a new after-school environmental club here at Discovery last year!
Ms. Swanson lives right down the road in Broadlands with her husband, son (a rising 4th grader), and two dogs. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, spending time outdoors, and cheering on the Michigan Wolverines (Go Blue!).
It’s going to be a wonderful year in 3rd grade!
Mrs. Kern is delighted to begin her fourth year as a member of the third-grade team at Discovery Elementary! Mrs. Kern completed her Master of Arts in Education degree through University of Phoenix. Prior to this, she attended George Mason University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with an additional concentration in English. Before teaching in the Loudoun County Public Schools, Mrs. Kern taught preschool and kindergarten students at a local private school and worked as a substitute in the county.
Having grown up in neighboring Fairfax County, Mrs. Kern moved to Loudoun County 17 years ago. She lives with her husband and two girls in Ashburn, where in her free time she enjoys reading, baking, cheering on the Redskins, and attending her daughters’ many dance recitals. Mrs. Kern believes that education is a journey and looks forward to guiding each of her students on his or her own path of learning this year.Please contact Mrs. Kern with any questions or concerns.Mrs. Lindsay Mages is thrilled to be returning to the third grade team at Discovery Elementary! After growing up in Loudoun County, she knew that she wanted to return to the school system that provided her with great opportunities and an amazing education. After graduating from Loudoun County High School, she went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Studies with a concentration in Elementary Education from George Mason University. She then decided to continue on with her education, and she stayed at GMU to earn a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. As part of the program, Mrs. Mages completed her student teaching in various schools in Loudoun County, which solidified her desire to teach in this area.
Mrs. Mages now lives in Ashburn with her husband and two dogs and enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and traveling. She tries to visit a new place every year to learn about different ways of life and to experience new adventures. She cannot wait to begin her fourth year of teaching and learning from the Trailblazers at Discovery Elementary!Miss Samantha Finkel is excited to be back with 3rd grade here at Discovery! This will be her third year teaching. Miss Finkel completed her Master's degree in Elementary Education at James Madison University. Go Dukes! During her time as an undergraduate at JMU she had the chance to experience traveling abroad in Florence, Italy for a semester. During Miss Finkel's graduate program, she was able to come back to Loudoun County to student-teach. Before teaching at Discovery she substituted at a private preschool also in Loudoun County.When she's not teaching, you can find her reading, cooking, or traveling. Any beach is her favorite vacation spot, especially with friends and family there at her side. She lives in Falls Church, VA while her parents and brother still live nearby in Sterling, VA.Miss Finkel cannot wait to share her hopes and dreams for this year with her students. She also looks forward to creating a safe, caring, and hard-working environment for all of her students this year!
Hello third grade students and parents! I'm Miss Vucci and I am thrilled to be joining the wonderful staff of Discovery Elementary this year! We are going to have a fabulous year learning together in third grade!
Here is a little about me! I am a Loudoun County native, and have attended school here since I was a child. I graduated from Radford University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, Elementary Education. Within this degree, I have specifically studied concentrations in Special Education and Social Science. Teaching is truly my passion, and I am ecstatic to begin my journey with my new students!
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my wonderful family and friends, going to the beach, watching soccer, reading, and cooking with my sisters. I also have a huge love for dogs, and own an adorable little Maltipoo named Bino!
My ultimate goal as a teacher is to create a safe, enriching environment where all of my students can be successful and enjoy learning. I cannot wait to build relationships with each and every one of my students and help them reach their full potentials as learners. Together, we will work hard, support one another, and have fun as a community!
I am looking forward to an awesome year where we can work as a team to help your child grow! Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns throughout the year!Jenn Cohen is super excited about the 2017-2018 school year! This is her fifth year teaching and her second year here at Discovery. She received her undergraduate degree from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and her Master's Degree in Special Education from Shenandoah University. Ms. Cohen lives in Leesburg with her husband and three kids. During her free time she loves to travel, read, and watch her children play sports.She is looking forward to a great year here at Discovery!