•      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: karen.cerino@lcps.org.  Please do not hesitate to reach out!   Mrs. Cerino (Ser-ee-no)


    Ashley, me, Mr. Cerino, and Alexa                                                                     (Ashley, me, Mr. Cerino, and Alexa)                                                                                         

Last Modified on August 16, 2019