Karen Ellerbe, Principal
I have been in education for approximately twenty years. I worked fifteen of those years at Cheraw High School, as a CATE teacher (Algebra and Probability and Statistics teacher for one year), Cheer/Track coach, National Technical Honor Society Advisor, Teacher of the Year, HSTW Committee Team leader, and quite a few more committees. I began a new chapter when I agreed to serve as the Assistant Principal at Cheraw Intermediate School for two years. After those wonderful years at CIS, I transferred to Long Middle School to be their Assistant Principal.
Family is a vital part of my life. I have been married for fifteen years to Christopher. We have two children: Ian (13) and Makayla (11). With football, soccer, basketball, and competitive dance as extra-curricular activities for our children, there is never a dull moment in the household. I am thankful for supportive parents that assist with travel when we are overbooked!
One of my favorite quotes in education is “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” by William B Yeats. That quote alone speaks volumes about what we, as educators, should be doing to fulfill the needs of our children in the classrooms.
I am thrilled to be working at LMS this year as the new Principal! I am looking forward to collaborating and fulfilling the needs of the administration, faculty, staff, children, parents, and other stakeholders in the community. I believe it is imperative for a faculty/staff to work together as a team in order to be successful! Together, we make a difference!