Laurie Valentine

What year did you join the Preschool staff? 2020

What class are you teaching this year? 4s Comets

What do you consider to be your hometown? Kernersville, NC

What education, training, credentials and life experience do you have that helps you in your work with pre-schoolers?

I am a former minister and have a Masters Degree in Theology. I was the Director of Children’s Ministry at Norcross Presbyterian Church in Norcross, GA. In other churches I served, I taught Sunday School and assisted with Vacation Bible School programs. Before coming to St Paul’s, I was the assistant in a two year old classroom at another preschool in Winston-Salem

What are your most important teaching goals for the children in your class?

Coming into the school year midway through, I see my role as an observer with the opportunity to learn! I am getting to know the lead teacher’s teaching style, and learning about the children in the class – their personalities and how they learn.

What do you like most about your job?

The children! I am enjoying the relationships I am developing with them as we get to know each other. I am grateful for the ways that they have welcomed me into their classroom. I am also grateful for the lead teacher, Risa, for welcoming me as a partner into the classroom.