Notes from Dee
July 3, 2019

Dear Laurel Families,

Our Summer Program began this week! It is wonderful to see familiar faces as well as several new ones. We have welcomed new students from schools other than Laurel to join us for reading and math instruction and enrichment activities. In addition, The Wilberforce School has moved onto the Marillac Campus into Building 2, and we have met several of their faculty members who are busy preparing their school for September. 

We have spent time with our new faculty members and wanted to take this opportunity to introduce them to you. 

Jennifer Walsh will be our new first/second grade teacher. Jennifer comes to us from Arizona, where she taught second grade and was a grade 2 teacher of the gifted. Coincidentally, she is trading places with Corin Rosenberg, who will be teaching in Arizona in the very same district where Jennifer taught! 

Jennifer has an MA in Elementary Education from Seton Hall University, and she just moved back to New Jersey with her two children, to be closer to her family and friends. Before moving to Arizona, Jennifer was a teacher in the Manalapan-Englishtown District, where she taught first, second and third grades. She has experience teaching many of the Orton-Gillingham programs that we use at Laurel, and has special experience teaching in a Gifted and Talented Cluster while in Arizona.  

Rebecca Horner will be teaching our sixth graders in building 4 this year. Rebecca has a BA in Psychology and has a certification as a Teacher of the Handicapped. Rebecca was a teacher for our Newgrange School back in 2003, where she taught Mathematics and Wilson Reading to high school students. After teaching at Newgrange, she moved to Washington D.C., where she was the Director of Student Support Services at the E.L Haynes Public Charter School. Rebecca moved back to New Jersey a few years ago with her two children, and is very happy to be back teaching in our family of schools! 

Sheryl Streger Brown will be teaching lower school science this year. Sheryl has a BS in Biotechnology and comes to us from Fusion Academy, where she has been teaching high school level biology, astronomy, anatomy and physiology, physical science and chemistry. For 15 years before she became a teacher, Sheryl worked as a scientist for APTIM Federal Services, in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Sheryl is very passionate about teaching science, and we know that the students will continue to have exciting hands-on science lessons.

Please join me in welcoming these exceptional professionals to our faculty!

Our Summer Program has gotten off to a great start with new and returning students keeping their academic skills in math, reading, language arts, and social studies sharp in a relaxed setting. The students also jumped into the practice of engineering on day one - applying the Engineering Design Process to two different challenges in the first few days (Egg Drop Challenge, anyone?) Afternoon summer students are enjoying the first summer in our new makerspace/breakerspace, and playing with our new recess games. They are also making plans with Mr. Logan and Miss Hope to make instruments, do improvisation, and build rockets and robots in the upcoming weeks. It's not too late to join the summer program. See below if you'd like to register.

I hope you all enjoy the July 4th holiday!

Dee

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