Spring Hollow's Amazing Teachers
"The Reggio teacher is unique because she offers herself to the process of co-construction of knowledge, she releases the traditional roles of a teacher and opens doors to new possibilities. She starts with the use of the child’s own theories, promotes disequilibrium, and helps the child to think about their thinking to facilitate new learning." -Seong Bock Hong, 1998
The Reggio teacher allows:
- The children to ask their own questions, and generate their own hypotheses and to test them.
- The children to explore and generate many possibilities both affirming and contradictory. She welcomes contradictions as a venue for exploring, discussing and debating.
The Reggio teacher provides:
- Opportunity to use symbolic languages to represent thoughts and hypothesis.
- Opportunity for the children to communicate their ideas to others.
The Reggio teacher offers:
- The children, through the process of revisiting the opportunity to reorganize concepts, ideas, thoughts and theories to construct new meaning.
- Keen observation, documentation, and a partner in the learning process.
Excerpt from www.reggiokids.com
Laura has lived in Middle Tennessee all of her life, graduating from Lipscomb University in 2000 with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Family Studies. Her preschool experience began in a small parent cooperative program in Green Hills, where she was a teacher to four and five-year-old children. Following that, she pursued her interest in the research intervention field, working at Vanderbilt University for 11 years as a project coordinator for a social-emotional intervention program, implemented in Metro Nashville elementary schools. Throughout that time, she often missed working in early childhood education, and as of August 2016, is thrilled to be returning to the field by joining the joyful learning community at Spring Hollow!
Laura lives in Fairview with her husband, Trey, and daughter, Eleanor. She enjoys baking and reading, and spends much of her free time on projects around their property.
Spring Hollow is a special place to my family and I, and it feels great to return as a teacher! I began as a teacher at Spring Hollow in 2011, then as director for the next five years. Since 2016 I have been at home with my son, but have loved staying involved with the school by serving on the Board and as a substitute in the classroom.
My husband and I moved to Nashville from Michigan. We live in Thompson's Station with our 3 year old son, Calvin, and feisty bulldog, Wesley. I love being outside, sewing, biking and spending time with family and friends.
My background is in Early Childhood Education, with a focus on emergent curriculum and especially the Reggio-Emilia approach. I believe children are joyful learners, capable problem solvers, and that we can learn so much from and with them! I have always been drawn to this respectful approach to teaching, in which children are seen and celebrated for who they are as a person.
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