What is a mentor teacher?
Similar to the reggio “pedagogista”, TLS is creating the role of mentor teacher. With our ongoing efforts to live the little in The Little School, we discovered that we could thrive just that much more with this role. Like the name suggests, they are there to work with the teachers, help them brain storm ideas, trouble shoot sticky patches, and be another set of eyes, ears and big brains in your building. We are hoping they will be a quick access point for teachers and parents alike. We are thrilled to see this dream in action.
Miss Laura joined the Little School in 2006 as a lead teacher. She came to the school from a Five Star center in Chapel Hill where she was lead teacher for nearly ten years. Miss Laura has work in early childhood since 1997 working with every age group over her years as a teacher. Miss Laura has been actively involved in the ITERS/ECCERS and NAEYC processes as well as early participant in the Natural Learning Movement. Miss Laura loves using the outdoors as a second classroom. "The more children are exposed to their natural environment around them through their play and discovery, the more 'informal learning' begins to take over and helps them gain more knowledge about their natural world. This could be their playground gardens or the worods next to their school. There is nothing better than watching children explore and find natural treasures in their outdoor environments. Whether it is touching a soft lamb's ear or finding a shiny rock, I value that I am present to watch the way their faces light up." Laura continues her interest through reading books related to Reggio-Inspired practices in classrooms and exploring new innovative ways to incorporate learning outdoors. Laura is completing her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and looks forward to pursing a BA in Education. Laura was born in San Antonio, TX and has lived in Austin, TX before moving to North Carolina.
Heather is married to her high school sweetheart and together they have a daughter named Kyndall and a son named Dominic. She has been working in a five-star center since 2009 and has experience with all age groups, but loves the curiosity of the younger children. She earned a certificate in Early Childhood Education and is continuing her schooling to receive her Associates Degree. When Heather is not working with children at work and home, she is spending time with her family and friends. She also loves trips to the beach with her husband and children every chance they get.