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CredentialsMasters of Arts in Curriculum Studies, University of British ColumbiaConcurrent Bachelor of Education in Junior/Intermediate Division, Nipissing UniversityHonours Bachelor of Arts in Geography, Nipissing UniversityClassroom teaching since 2015
Laura began her teaching career as a Humanities teacher at a state school in Essex, England. She taught Geography and Religion to students in Key Stage 3 and 4 (Grades 6 to 10). She continues to draw from pedagogical tools gained in the exam-based system. She then began teaching at a B.C. Offshore School in China. Laura was a Geography and Social Studies teacher, the Social Studies Department Head, a curriculum writer, part of the team who wrote the entrance exams students had to pass to gain admission to the B.C. program, and the coach of the school’s running team. As a former teacher in an ESL setting, she values differentiation, scaffolding and fostering a positive and supportive classroom environment. Her master’s thesis is exploring how the discourses of the ongoing curriculum reform at the school she used to work at in China are shaping the identities of high school English Language Arts teachers. Laura hopes to share her passion for the natural world and life-long learning with her students.