St. Patrick Elementary School
MRS. LAUREN HARRIS
B.B.A. Management and Leadership, Viterbo University
K-6 Wisconsin and Minnesota Teaching Licenses
M.A., Teaching, Hamline University, St. Paul, MN
+ years with Aquinas Catholic Schools
+ years total teaching experience
I have attended Catholic school my entire life. I went to St. Thomas More School in La Crosse from pre-school through 4th grade. In 5th and 6th grade, I attended Mary Mother of the Church School. I attended Aquinas Middle School and graduated from Aquinas High School in 2008.
This is my first year teaching; however I have 3 years of educational experience as school support staff. I started my career in education after a brief career in the legal field. My first school I served at was Nokomis Montessorri Magent School in St. Paul, Minnesota. While I was there, I worked toward my post-baccaleureate teaching license through Hamline University in St. Paul. I moved back to La Crosse and worked at Hintgen Elementary in the School District of La Crosse as a special education paraprofessional. In the Fall of 2018, I student-taught at La Crescent-Hokah Elementary School.
I have two daughters, Estelle and Emira, and enjoy making memories with them! We love to be outside and read books together.
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I strive to create a positive and peaceful learning environment in my classroom. At the Kindergarten level, students learn through hands-on activities and play. In my classroom, you will see me working alongside my students, and emphasizing inquiry. I have a firm understanding of the social, emotional, and developmental needs of my students, and I work hard to create a space where students can do their best work. I do this by creating a flexible seating arrangement. Additionally, I utilize a multi-media, multi-modal approach to ensure that all students’ educational needs are being met.
Another major component of my classroom is the emphasis on developing emotional vocabulary, and learning about self-regulation. I have created a classroom environment where students learn about emotions and strategies to feel calm and ready to learn. Lastly, I work hard to integrate the characteristics of servant leadership into my classroom, while keeping God the center of the classroom.