Inspirational Educator of the Month
Congratulations to Laura Collins-Sawicki on being named the May 2016 Inspirational Educator of the Month.
Ms. Collins-Sawicki works in our Special Education department, and teaches English 10 and 11 self-contained classes in addition to co-teaching English 10, 11 and 12 in inclusion classes. Because she is very busy as our IEP chair here, she isn’t formally involved in our extracurricular activities here, but she does her utmost to attend every event featuring her students: dance concerts, music concerts, plays, sport events and art shows. And if her commitment to her students wasn’t enough, she has three daughters of her own (Margot, Vonn, and Colby ages 2, 5, and 7 respectively) that are very special to her. Somehow, Laura manages to find time for hobbies like sewing, cooking, and baking.
Like so many of our teachers here at LHS, Ms. Collins-Sawicki was inspired by teachers in her family. She sarcastically calls it the “family business,” and despite trying to resist its call she says it was painfully obvious that she was destined to be an educator. She says she couldn’t be happier about her decision to follow teaching as her career path. Her educational background shows this transition. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science: Pre-Law and Comparative Politics at Northeastern University, before going on to earn her Masters of Arts in Teaching (Secondary Education: Social Studies) from Towson University.
Laura cites the sense of community and collaboration as an inspiration to her here at Lansdowne High. As a special educator she has the opportunity to work with all of the other academic departments here, and greatly appreciates the level of support.
We count ourselves fortunate to have such a talented and brilliant educator here at LHS. There is no doubt that her husband and three girls are very proud of her. It is with great Viking Pride that we celebrate this award for Laura Collins-Sawicki. Congratulations!