Fall TOTs 3 Lead Guide
Laura works with children in:
I’ve been a member of the Athena community since its doors opened more than twelve years ago, spending my first seven years as a Lead Guide in the TOTs program and the past five years in administration. It is a privilege to have witnessed and shared in the growth and transformation of this beautiful community, and I remain deeply committed to maintaining and nurturing the sense of connection, warmth and spirit that makes Athena such a magical place of learning and growth for both children and adults.
I received my BA in English from the University of Arizona and from there moved on to tutoring pre-school and early elementary children in East Austin through AmeriCorps. It was then that I realized my passion for working with young children, and following my experience in AmeriCorps, I held various roles as a tutor, a teacher, a nanny, and finally, a Montessori guide.
In my time as a Montessori guide, I received both my Master’s in Educational Psychology from St. Edward’s University and a certification in Infant and Toddler Montessori Education from the North American Montessori Center. The Montessori philosophy and its core components of grace and courtesy, as well as its emphasis on respect for self, others, and the environment, continue to resonate deeply with my soul, and I am passionate about doing this important work with the youngest amongst us.
I am also honored and grateful that I have been able to welcome my daughter, Frances, into this special tribe, and I have discovered that the only thing better than being a staff member at Athena is being a parent! Becoming a mother has changed the landscape of my heart, and I am thrilled to work with children again with this beautiful, new lens in my toolbox.
In our free time, my family and I enjoy time outdoors, camping, hiking, and gardening. We also love crafting, baking, dance parties, and continuing our quest to find out who has the best bean and cheese tacos in town.
Thank you for choosing to be a part of this special community. I look forward to getting to know you and your child better this year, and I am honored to share this journey with you!
Yours in service,