Welcome to PK4A with Ms. Laurel

I am embarking on my 6th school year here at SSHS and could not be happier!  I am from Annapolis, MD, where I attended Catholic School from kindergarten through twelfth grade.  After high school I moved to beautiful Charleston, SC and received my Early Childhood Education degree at The College of Charleston.  I later received my Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction through Concordia University.
Moving to New York was a huge step - and one that I didn't think we keep me here so long ;).  In 2007 I began teaching UPK at a Head Start / Early Childhood School in Bed-Stuy, BK, and continued to learn and grow there for eight school-years.  Moving to St. Stephen School has brought so much joy and love to my life - I feel so blessed to be embedded in such an amazing and welcoming community of children, teachers, and parents.  I live a few blocks from school and feel very lucky to work and live here.  
My philosophy has always been rooted in strong social-emotional development and support.  I believe you must feel safe, loved, and happy in school in order to communicate with peers, feel motivated, and achieve academic support so I foster this from day one.