My name is Laura Bottrell and I am quite happy to be joining the Heart and Art team for the first time this year. I am an Occasional Teacher in both the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board and the Grand Erie District School Board, certified in the Primary and Junior Divisions. I had the wonderful opportunity to teach Kindergarten in an LTO position last year, and I am enjoying every moment of navigating my way through my first calendar year of teaching.
I hold a Bachelor of Youth and Children’s Studies and I am a Registered Early Childhood Educator. I have a professional interest in [and huge love for] early years education and I’m passionate about promoting and further exploring inquiry-based and play-based learning.
My other passion is the performing arts, which I love to bring into my teaching. I currently work in local community theatre and have taught drama, dance and visual arts for almost ten years. This year I am running a musical theatre program for children aged 3-6, which is just about as much fun as possible!
Other interests of mine include photography and travel – in fact, I’ve just returned from a five week adventure in The UK!
I’m very much looking forward to sharing my experiences as a beginning teacher with you and learning new things myself as we go along.