Laura Burke

Bachelor of Arts ~ Elementary Education

Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois

I believe educators share in the most rewarding and challenging profession.  They are able to interact with children, our most valuable resource.  Being an educator gives them the opportunity of participating in the growth and learning process of those who will be our future leaders.


I believe that learning is student centered and that students must be equal partners in the learning process.  Each child comes to class with their own set of abilities, motivations, attitudes, goals, and cultural backgrounds.  My first challenge is to learn as much as I can about each of them.  The more I can understand about each of the children, the better I can teach a class.

I also believe students must also be provided with the opportunity to study things that are meaningful and relevant to their lives and interests.  A curriculum that recognizes this fact fosters motivation.  When students have some ownership in the curriculum, they feel invested in this wonderful process we call learning.


Children are individuals.  They have different strengths and different weaknesses.  They come from a multitude of life experiences.   They all have needs.  My job as a teacher goes far beyond teaching basic skills.  School should be an emotionally and physically safe environment for all children.  For the time I have with each child, I will see them as the special person they are, guide them toward individual growth and success, and be their strongest advocate.


Mentor, Early Childhood Teacher

Woodlands Classroom