Hello! My name is Laine, and I live in the Chicagoland area. I recently graduated from Marquette University, where I played Division I lacrosse and earned degrees in Elementary Education and Communication Studies. Throughout my time in Milwaukee, I had various experiences that helped me become the teacher I am today. I was a Behavioral Technician at Autism Intervention Milwaukee, taught summer school in an urban setting, and tutored middle school students. I also have experience teaching a wide range of grades and subjects. This past fall, I spent two months student teaching in a fourth-grade class in Milwaukee and two months of student teaching in a combined kindergarten and first-grade class in New Zealand. This unique experience teaching in a foreign country gave me new perspectives on education and broadened my skills as a teacher. This past spring, I worked with a second grader and sixth grader, helping them navigate through remote learning. This year I am teaching first grade remotely for a school in Chicago and am excited to be tutoring some fantastic kids.
Success story about your teaching experience or experiences working with supporting student learners.
The success story that sticks with me the most happened when I was student teaching in a fourth-grade class. I had a student who would never write and would never take notes. The teacher seemed like she had just given up on trying to make him write, and I could not accept that. Every day I wanted to get him to write, and he would fight it. One day, I had him stay in the classroom so we could talk once everyone left. I knew there was a root problem, and I was trying to get to it. After a few minutes of talking, he broke down in tears, saying he did not like to write because someone bullied him for having lousy handwriting in first grade. This moment was such a breakthrough because I knew he trusted me enough to tell me his fears and why he would not write. After that conversation, I discretely helped him with his handwriting, and he eventually began to write more and more. Although it was not straight downhill after that, and he did have days he would not write, he made improvements and became a strong writer.
Your favorite thing you enjoy about teaching and working with children.
My top two favorite things about teaching are watching the “aha” moment and creating leaders who will make this world a better place. There is no better feeling as a teacher than the “aha” moment. I love working with a student on something challenging for them, and they are struggling to understand it, but they keep preserving it, and eventually, it just clicks, and they have that “aha" moment. The other thing I love about teaching is that I have the opportunity to create leaders out of each student in my class. They are the future, and I get to help them learn how to use their voices and actions to make a difference in the world.