Karen Ascencio

Program Manager

Karen has been in the field of education for over 30 years. Her primary focus has been on early learning in the classroom and administration. Her most recent work is with Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD), where she was an integral part of the teaching and learning team as a Head Start education manager. In that role, she led the program’s early learning leadership pipeline, provided leadership and guidance in developing the dual immersion preschool classroom, and previously served as a SEAL coach. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development, a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, a Child Development Program Director Permit, and a CTE Credential in Education, Child Development, and Family Services. As an English learner who moved to the United States when she was seven, she is committed to supporting dual language learners. Karen is passionate about collaborating with educators and school leaders to align learning from preschool and beyond to impact all students socially and academically positively.