Friday, August 23, 2013

Staff Spotlight: The Ridiculous Laura H

Don’t be fooled by her laid back demeanor. If there is one thing to remember about Laura is that she is silly and sneaky funny. Growing up in the family bookstore, Laura is a huge book lover, and has a big giant brain that can see a grammatical error from 50 yards away She also happens to be a walking kids jukebox- she can pull out approximately a million hilarious kids songs at the drop of a hat. Need a song about an almond or a monkey? Laura’s got it. She has taken on the Reggio approach like a fish to water, and is passionate about exploring nature, play based learning, and digging deep into anything that excites the kids. She is wide open, and one of those folks who so clearly loves what she does that it's a joy to watch.

* What do you value most or hold most dear at TLS?
The woods! I can't tell you how much being able to retreat to the woods means to me. Not only is it a great place to learn about the world around us, but it is soothing in and of itself.

* What is your educational approach? How do you find children learn best?
I place a lot of faith in the brains of these kids. They are amazing! I look at it as my job to place appropriate challenges or ideas in front of them, and provide a little extra help if it's needed. I'd like any child that leaves my class to leave it confident in their ability to face problems.

* What was the most interesting trip you have taken?
I went to Japan in 2003. While I was there, I took a wrong turn coming out of a used bookstore and walked for miles in the wrong direction. In the rain. Good things happened, too. The South China Sea is beautiful!

* What movie or work of fiction has had the biggest impact on you? Why?
I love to read! I think the books that had the most to do with that were the Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander. They are the first books that I can remember reading over and over again, until long after the covers came apart, just for the love of the stories.

* If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
I'd love to be able to teleport, but I'd probably mostly use it to eat lunch at home.

* If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be?
Assume positive intent. (seriously)

* What was your strangest job?
You mean besides the one where I cheer for people who are trying to use the restroom? I love this job, but I think the strangest and most hilarious things happen when you spend your time with small children.

* What did you want to be when you were 12 years old?
I wanted to not have to think about growing up. Check!

* What is your favorite children’s book?
I'd say right now it's Freight Train, by Donald Crews. I love how specific it is. It's not a choo choo, it's a freight train! It crosses trestles and has oil cars!

* What's your favorite tree?
There were several big banyan trees at a park near the house I grew up in. I loved them- trees with tunnels through them!

* What words do you live by?
The aim of life is appreciation; there is no sense in not appreciating things; and there is no sense in having more of them if you have less appreciation of them. - GK Chesterton

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