Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Karen Deaner
Welcome to the Opequon Elementary School website. My name is Karen Deaner. I have been teaching many years in Berkeley County Schools. I began as a substitute teacher. I have taught as a substitute teacher at all levels and in all but the newest schools in the county. After deciding that I did want to continue to teach full-time in the classroom, I returned to school to pursue a Master’s degree at Liberty University. There I graduated magna cum laude with a Master’s in Education in Special Education, multicategory, pre-K through Adults. Wanting to qualify as a highly qualified educator, I continued on to receive an endorsement as a Reading Specialist, pre-K through adult. I began as a full-time teacher at Mountain Ridge Intermediate School teaching students with learning disabilities in 3rd-5th grades for the next four years. After that I worked another 4 years teaching students with learning disabilities at the K-2 levels at Gerrardstown and Back Creek Valley Elementary Schools as an itinerant.
Currently, I am teaching at Opequon Elementary at the first grade level as a Title 1 reading specialist. While I have enjoyed all my years teaching the students in Berkeley County, it is wonderful to be able to teach reading all day as reading is my very favorite subject to teach! I love teaching and helping students who are struggling and then see them become successful.
Before becoming a teacher, I worked in the retail industry as a sewing factory seamstress, then in a private business making costumes, draperies, and alterations. After that I worked 9 years at the Clearbrook Woolen Mill as a salesclerk, then moved to the Blue Ridge Factory Outlet as a lingerie store manager for 9 years.
I still enjoy making costumes at my church for our Passion Plays. I also enjoy reading, singing in the choir, making jewelry, swimming, love animals, and traveling.