Laura Claus started teaching at PS 332 in Brownsville, Brooklyn, where she taught pre-kindergarten, first, third, and fifth grades. In 2010, she began teaching at PS8.
Laura’s ninth-grade English teacher changed the way she felt about school and learning. “I wanted to encourage children to love to learn, the way she did with me,” she says. Laura believes early learning is often about exploration, and she uses classroom materials in ways that foster curiosity and active learning. She also helps her students work off their vast reserves of energy through dancing and movement exercises.
Laura received an undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Geneseo and a master’s degree in Literacy from Dowling College on Long Island. She was born and raised in Plainview, Long Island and currently lives in Seaford.