Mrs. Allen

Tell me and I forget.
Teach me and I remember.
Involve me and I learn.
~Benjamin Franklin

My family in Death Valley National Park

My name is Laura Allen and I am thrilled to be the Math Teacher this year for the 7th Grade Seekers!  I will be teaching 7th Grade Math, 7th Grade Accelerated Math, and Algebra.  I look forward to a year of exploration & discovery as well as academic and personal growth for all of us.

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Get to know me:

I am originally from Upstate NY, but I have been so grateful that for the last 18 years I have been able to call Colorado my home.  I live in Highlands Ranch and I have a wonderful husband and two amazing daughters (5th & 2nd grade) who teach me more about parenting every single day than I ever could have learned in a book.

If you ran into me outside of school, it would probably be at one of the Rec Center pools swimming laps; checking out new ingredients at King Soopers to try out in my kitchen; standing on a sidewalk having a great conversation with a friend; or camping with my family in a beautiful spot near a mountain or a body of water.  I love to swim, hike, watch movies, go on family bike rides, play cards, do puzzles and get wrapped up in non-fiction audiobooks whenever I can.  Our family has been fostering cats & kittens for the last several years and during the quarantine we adopted two of our foster cats, who we have named Zuzu and Fiona (Fifi).  They bring us so much joy and really keep us on our toes!

In my "old life" I was a Middle School Science teacher, which I absolutely loved.  After becoming a mom ten years ago, I made the difficult decision to step away from teaching.  I have cherished all this time that I've been home, but I never stopped thinking about the classroom.  For the last five years I have been regularly volunteering in Math and other areas at my children's school.  Along the way, I realized, "The classroom is calling...and I must go".  Getting to be in so many different math classrooms led to my desire to become a Math teacher and it also made me realize how much I missed working with Middle School aged kids. When I stepped back into the classroom for the first time, it felt like I was coming home.

During my non-teaching years, I was able to finish my Masters Degree in Curriculum & Instruction and complete all the necessary steps to add endorsements to my teaching license in Middle School Math and Elementary Education.  Within the next year, I will also wrap up my program for a Graduate Certificate in Mathematical Content Knowledge for Educators.  As you might have guessed, I hope to never get to a place in my life where I would have to stop learning.   

My Teaching Philosophy:

I am a passionate educator whose main goal as a teacher is to help ignite a student's life-long love of learning. 

I like to focus my energy on high student engagement by using differentiated instruction and teaching methods that are targeted toward a variety of learning styles.  It is my goal to be able to have each child be doing "just right work" for them, as much of the time as possible.  My classroom is a blend of teacher-driven & student-driven instruction with opportunities for learning through inquiry & project based learning. Through it all we will always be seeking the "Why" in Math.  I believe it is important for all learners to have opportunities to be challenged and opportunities to feel successful.  In my classroom, I hope students will learn that mistakes are not only ok, but they are necessary for deeper learning and understanding.

The teacher/student relationship is very important.  I strive to work with students to create a classroom that is a safe space for all kids so they can become confident learners. I look at students through the lens of a whole child and work hard to help them learn how to self advocate.  Social emotional growth will be authentically embedded in most of what we do each day.

What will Math look like this year?
As you know, we are living in a time where things can change rather quickly.  I am dedicated to teaching my students in a way that will result in as seamless of a transition as possible should school have to shift in a different direction.  Whether it is a time that kids are home or a time that they are in the physical classroom, I want students to feel engaged and connected to me and their classmates.  I will be using a variety of teaching methods, regardless of where that learning takes place, so I look forward to having authentic, rigorous learning happening during the days at home as well as the days in school. 

I am excited and honored to take this journey with all of you as we become Seekers of information, Seekers of answers and Seekers of knowledge!