Dear Bay Laurel Families,
I am so happy to become a member of the Bay Laurel community. Already I feel so welcomed by the parents, staff, and students I have met. I am excited to learn about and be a part of the wonderful things happening at Bay Laurel Elementary School. I look forward to working with you and our staff in creating an inspiring learning, working, and volunteering environment for us all.
I have been in education all my life. This will be my 17th year in Las Virgenes, and I have taught for over 30 years. I’ve taught almost all grades K – 12 and adult education. As a K-8 teacher I taught all subjects, and as a secondary teacher I have taught math, social studies, Language Arts, and ESL.
My husband Michael and I have lived in this area for 25 years, and our four children all attended LVUSD schools – they loved the experience and it prepared them well for their later education and professional lives.
It is wonderful to see Bay Laurel’s focus on educating and supporting the whole child, recognizing that each child has unique talents, gifts, and needs. This year we will continue to build on our work to bring out the best in each child academically, socially, and physically. We will continue our academic work in English / Language Arts with Daily Five and Writers Workshop. In math we will extend our implementation of the Go Math program. We will also continue our efforts to support our students’ understanding of character, respect, and the importance of kindness as well as fostering healthy habits with our movement program.
Building relationships with our whole community is my number one priority. I am hoping that many of you can attend our meet and greet events this summer and at the beginning of the school year. You will see me around campus, at pick up and drop off, and in classrooms with great frequency.
It is the philosophy of the Bay Laurel staff and parents that children are unique in their needs, ability to learn, and the contributions they can make to the school and community. We are committed to providing each child with an educationally challenging experience that best promotes intellectual, social, and emotional development. We will empower each child to achieve academic excellence in an emotionally safe environment which attends to individual needs while also encouraging productive collaboration. In order for optimal learning and growth to occur, we will encourage students to assume greater responsibility for their learning and for themselves under the guidance of dedicated teachers and parents.