Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Karen Longerbeam

Mrs. Longerbeam is a native of Loudoun County and a graduate of Loudoun County High School. She received a B.A. in Communications and Journalism from Radford University in 1987. After working for a telecommunications company, she returned to college and received a second Bachelor's degree in English from George Mason University. Mrs. Longerbeam also went on to receive a Master's Degree from GMU in 1993.

Mrs. Longerbeam has taught all levels of secondary English, and in addition, she has also taught Journalism, Etymology, Public Speaking, Creative Writing, and SAT Prep. Mrs. Longerbeam has also sponsored many activities, including the school newspaper, the Quill and Scroll Society, and Students against Drunk Driving. She has also coached and judged high school forensics teams at the district and state level.

Currently, Mrs. Longerbeam will be teaching English 10 Honors, Etymology, Public Speaking, Intro to Journalism, and News Journalism 1, 2, and 3. She also oversees the production of the print edition, the on-line edition, and the social media accounts for The Woodgrove Outlander. Over the past three years, The Woodgrove Outlander has received first place awards from the Virginia High School League and has been listed on the NSPA Honor Role.

Mrs. Longerbeam is a member of the Journalism Educators Association (JEA), the NSPA (National Student Press Association), and NCTE (the National Council of Teachers of English.)

Mrs. Longerbeam resides in Loudoun County. She is married and has two sons, ages 21 and 16.