Laurie Flaherty

Laurie Flaherty

I grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts, but I fell in love with the state of Vermont while on a weekend ski trip as a child. Thankfully, when my husband and I met (he is also from Massachusetts), he shared my love of the outdoors, skiing and Vermont. We moved to Waterbury in 1997 and have been here ever since. We have four children, Liam, Kate, Cole and Patrick. We also have two very sweet Labrador Retrievers, a gecko and a hedgehog.

I am a certified Pre-Kindergarten Director with a B.A. in English and I have recently returned to school for graduate studies in Early Childhood Education. I have been working with and teaching children since 2006. In addition to teaching Pre-K at BJAMS, I am an instructor for Vermont Northern Lights Early Childhood Career Development Center and teach workshops on the movement-based learning curriculum, AB2 (Active Body-Active Brain), which I co-authored. The curriculum aligns with the Vermont Early Learning Standards and helps to build skills in early literacy, social studies, math and science as well as to build important social skills. In January 2016, I was recognized as an “Early Childhood Superhero” by Let’s Grow Kids, and I have also served as a contributing author for the organization, writing about the benefits of movement during learning. I am passionate about early childhood education and the important role it plays in a child’s healthy development. I am honored to be teaching at BJAMS and look forward to making each child’s pre-kindergarten experience one that is full of joy and helps cement a lifetime love of learning.

Check out the Pre-K blog at http://bjamsprekindergarten.blogspot.com/ .

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Education

B.A., English, University of Massachusetts