Laura Baptist

What do you do at PSS and how long have you been here? I have been working as a classroom assistant in the Sage’s classroom since autumn 2019.

What initially attracted you to work at PSS and what do you value about working here now? I was introduced to PSS when I came to a kindergarten welcome day with a family that I was nannying for at the time. The magic of the school was apparent even in the first day that I came to visit. The staff and children were so welcoming and I felt as though it would be such a great place to spend your days as a child. When I found out that the Sage’s classroom was looking for extra support coming into the next school year, I knew it sounded like the perfect fit for me to spend my days there too.

What’s something you’ve learned teaching or working here? I feel that PSS has such a wonderful way of embracing and celebrating the uniqueness that everyone has to offer. This goes for both students and staff. Working here, I feel heard, appreciated, and supported. As a team, we do a great job of helping the students feel this way as well. The freedom at PSS to let kids be kids and let their imaginations and questions inspire the day is such a lovely way to embrace what it means to be a child.

Which educator has influenced you the most in your life, and how? When I was a kid, my mom was a preschool teacher. Seeing her at home constantly working on craft projects for her class got me interested in art at a young age. She would also create countless activities and projects for my siblings and me at home. My mom has been a huge influence for where I have ended up and who I’ve become.

What do you look forward to in your role here each year? Reconnecting with returning staff and families and welcoming in the new kindergarteners. I love thinking of new projects to help kids stay excited about coming to school each day.

What’s one item on your bucket list? The more I travel, the more I want to see! I like to take a trip somewhere new at least once a year.

What educational background, or ongoing professional development, do you draw upon in your work at PSS? I have completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Interpersonal Communication as well as Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in the U.S.A. I am also TEFL (Teach English as a Foreign Language) certified.

In 2010, I moved abroad from the United States to the Netherlands to work as an au pair for 2-year-old twins. Since then, I have been fortunate to work with children in a variety of settings including long-term nanny, au pair, mentor, English teacher, and classroom assistant in the Netherlands, Spain, Peru, Finland, and now Canada.