Administrator: Director of Student Support
Laura is enthusiastic to join the staff at Voyagers’ Community School as the Director of Student Support. This position is everything that encompasses her beliefs that a student will flourish when taught from a holistic approach emphasizing the importance of seeing each student individually and how they mesh within the environment and community.
Laura is a BCBA, earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Maryland and a M.A. in Psychology from the New School for Social Research. Her background in psychology aligns with the ability to understand classroom and community dynamics and the option of individual guidance for any issues that may arise in these settings. She worked as the Director of Corporate Relations for Medical Control Centers in NJ that offered smoking cessation programs for individuals and outreach to local companies for their employees. Then she took time off to raise her 2 children and was active in the community as a substitute teacher, girl scout leader, and travel soccer coach. A continued interest in working with children led her to a position as Programs Coordinator for Navesink River Rowing. Working in collaboration with the board of directors, rowers, coaches, and parents to manage and facilitate all adult and youth programs as well as community outreach to educate on the aspects and benefits of rowing.
A continued desire for education led her to pursue a certification as a Behavior Analyst from Florida Institute of Technology. For the past few years she has worked with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders implementing skill acquisition programs and problem behavior reduction programs based in the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. This education and experience further instilled her belief for collaboration with all individuals in a student’s life to enable that student to reach their full potential and achieve their meaningful goals. In her free time, she enjoys exercising, singing (albeit off key), creating flower arrangements, continuously training her dachshund, spending time with family and friends, and enjoying the ocean views that this area offers.
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