Welcome to the Early Childhood program. My name is Laura Smith and I have worked with the early childhood program for 26 years. My husband, Gran, t and I enjoy living in Henning. Before settling in Henning, we lived in Korea, Arizona, and Illinois. We have a large family-four grown sons and three daughters who are still in school. Our three oldest boys are married. Outside of school I enjoy reading, music, walking, quilting,traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
I teach parent education with the Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) program, teach one group of three-year-olds, and work with the Title 1 program. I am passionate about early education, reading, and working with parents and children. Brain research shows that much development occurs in the early years and sets a foundation for all later learning- so we know how important the early years are!!
Over the course of my teaching years, I have taught ECFE, preschool, kindergarten, first, second, and third grades, reading intervention, Adult Basic Education (ABE), and in the General Education Diploma (GED) program. I started out with an elementary education degree from Bethel University and then added kindergarten, early childhood,and parent education certifications from Crown College, and a K-12 reading certification from Concordia University, St. Paul.
I am excited to work with your family this year!