About Me

Hi!  I’m Laura.  Thanks for stopping by.

I always knew I wanted to be a teacher; ever since I climbed up on the radiator in my room and commanded my two younger sisters to sit down and listen!  In 2006, I graduated from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA with my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.  I moved to Florida and taught Kindergarten and 2nd Grade for 4 years.  I loved teaching my students to make connections between their learning and the real world.  I was also very involved with creating resources and assessments aligned to our standards and objectives.

In 2010, I moved back home to the Philadelphia area and married my best friend.  I taught Kindergarten in the city of Philadelphia for the 2010-2011 school year and started to think about graduate school.  After teaching for 5 years, I knew what I loved about teaching and I also knew what I wanted to learn more about.  Well, my husband and I saved our pennies and with help from my family, I was able to take a year off from teaching and take grad classes full-time at Arcadia University in Glenside, PA.  My master’s degree is in curriculum studies focusing on math, but I’ve also taken a lot of literacy classes.  I really enjoyed my studies and learning about new research in education.  It was a very rewarding year.

When I was in the classroom, I always loved to integrate subject areas in my lessons.  I quickly noticed that made learning more meaningful for students.  I have searched for effective ways to integrate instruction and that guided research for my culminating master’s project.  I started this blog in order to share my research from my culminating master’s project.  I thought teachers would find this more practical and useful than a long (boring) research paper.  I hope you can find something helpful among the pages I’ve created here.  Please feel free to email me with suggestions, ideas, success you’ve had with integrating math and literacy, or any questions you have: MrsMack31@gmail.com.

Thank you!
Laura

I would like to dedicate this effort to my family.  Thank you for making this year possible for me and encouraging me through it.
Thank you Jimmy, Mom, Dad, Sharon, Ray, Carol, and John.  I love you.
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.  Hebrews 6:19

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