Laurie McMahonKindergarten • Room 7 • 805-969-3249 Ext. 207 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Montecito Union School is a special place and kindergarten, in particular, is a special year. Kindergartners are full of excitement and wonder! They make it easy to love being a teacher. M.U.S. is home for me, I have been teaching here since 1984! I am so fortunate to be at a school with such active learners, supportive parents, ample resources and dedicated colleagues. I taught second and third grade for 19 years and since then have been teaching kindergarten, which I absolutely love!
Recently my professional growth has included two week long institutes at Columbia University in New York at the Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project, along with several courses on the workshop method used in our balanced literacy program. I also attended a week at the Project Zero Institute at Harvard University along with many members of the school staff. We learned about Visible Thinking and Thinking Routines that are used school wide. I have also been taking online courses through Mindful Schools, learning to help children with the development of mindfulness, and the intentional nurturing of positive mind states. These experiences have enhanced my teaching and increased my enthusiasm.
My husband and I live in Carpinteria and we have two grown children, an engineer and lawyer who live in Santa Barbara, they are both graduates of M.U.S.! My hobbies include reading, bike riding and camping and I can most often be found at my place – the beach.
Each year I look forward to seeing the smiling faces of the children that are in my class. Their young minds are full of curiosity and eagerness. I am always excited to share a year of the love of learning, the fun of discovering and a sense of belonging.