My name is Kara Haakonson (pronounced Hoe-kin-son) and I am very excited to join the staff at Horizon Elementary as the new reading specialist. This is my 15th year teaching. I received my Bachelor’s degree from Radford University and earned my Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration as a reading specialist from George Mason University. I taught for nine years in my home town (Spotsylvania, VA) as a first and second grade teacher and five years in Fairfax County as a second grade teacher and as a reading specialist.
My husband and I moved to Leesburg last year and love everything about Loudoun County. I have a three-year-old daughter named Clarke that definitely keeps me on my toes. In my free time I enjoy relaxing at my family’s lake house on Lake Gaston, shopping, and doing home improvement projects. I am thrilled to be a part of the Horizon family!