My name is Karen Cerino and this will be my 1st year teaching at Sugarland Elementary! I taught 2nd and 5th grade in Fairfax County before making the switch into Loudoun County.
I went to James Madison University for my Bachelor of Science degree. I then went on to get my Masters in Elementary Education from George Mason University.
I switched careers. Before teaching, I spent four years as a Communications Officer with the United States Marine Corps and also worked in the corporate world as a Project Manager.
My goal as a teacher is to instill confidence and develop independent thinkers who can advocate for themselves. I start this process by creating a classroom environment where everyone is respected and feels safe. This type of environment encourages students to take more risks with their learning. I also set expectations high to show the students what they are capable of achieving. Once this classroom environment is established, I do my best to keep the room moving and I provide student-directed choices to support their learning styles. This all leads to a higher level of student engagement. I act like a coach who facilitates and motivates. Ultimately, my job is to prepare students for middle school and beyond.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our two daughters. Ashley is 16 and attends Dominion High School. Alexa is 13 and attends Seneca Ridge Middle School. I can often be found on the Dominion sidelines supporting Ashley with cross country, track, and soccer. I also attend most of the Dominion football games. If I’m not at Dominion, I can be found supporting Alexa when she plays soccer and lacrosse. I also love visiting Seneca Lake in New York, traveling to the beach, reading, and football season (Go Redskins!). Finally, I have two rescue cats (Tuesday and Lily) and one rescue Maltese dog (Empress).
I am thrilled to be your teacher and look forward to getting to know you and your family! I can be reached by phone: 571-434-4460 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not hesitate to reach out! Mrs. Cerino (Ser-ee-no)
(Ashley, me, Mr. Cerino, and Alexa)