Laurie has been in education for over 25 years. She has made it her life’s mission to create a safe haven in and out of her classroom for all students. Laurie has always stood up for children who needed encouragement, motivating them to “do the right thing” even when no one is watching them. She has been a Safe School Ambassadors® trainer for many years and has used Restorative Practices within her classroom, her school site, and now within other districts. She firmly believes that relationship building with each student is the key to a better classroom culture, school climate, and community as a whole. Community Matters is a natural fit, affording her a platform from which to positively impact the next generation.