Laura Minnigerode

Tots 3 Assistant Guide

 Laura works with children in:

I am so happy to be working in Tots 3 at Athena Montessori Academy! I’m the parent of three teenagers who all attended Montessori schools, and this peace-centered approach is incredibly important for our world. Athena Montessori is such a lovely community
of families and teachers.

Looking back, I think I can say that I have been a teacher my whole life. My academic studies were in human development and education, and I have been a middle and elementary school teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area. I also worked as an educational researcher, studying how children learn in different settings and contexts, and how to best scaffold development. I have become so interested in the experiences that children have in the natural world, and my most recent job before joining Athena was with the Cities Connecting Children to Nature project within Austin Parks and Recreation. I am also a parent and teacher educator with a
non-profit organization focused on social-emotional learning and equity.

I have a Master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and teaching credentials to teach elementary school. For fun, I like to swim at Barton Springs, sometimes with my teenagers.