“When you work with children over a long period of time, you realize that, without exception, we are ALL born with kind hearts. We must strive to always remain aware of that blessing and nurture our natural tendency towards goodness.”
Laura is first and foremost the mother of her own kind warrior who continually amazes her with his insight, sweet heart and curious mind. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Psychology in 1995 and from University of California, Berkeley with a MA in Education in 1999. The Developmental Teaching Program which she attended at UCB focused on constructivist theory. It was there she realized that teaching in a way which respects a child’s natural intelligence and development could be a radical act. She has been a bilingual teacher for the last 14 years and is a staunch supporter of bilingual education and immigrant rights. She currently teaches in East Oakland at Bridges Academy at Melrose, a school whose beauty is not readily evident in its physical landscape but in the strength, warmth, and intelligence of its community.
Laura is continually growing and learning alongside her students. She is spending this year contemplating the six enlightened actions: generosity, discipline, joyful effort, patience, mediation, and wisdom and writing about how she sees them manifest in the classroom.