Mrs. Laurie Anderson teaches 5th grade reading, writing, word study, and Bible at the Edina campus. She has a B.A. in English and Journalism from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She also has an M.A. in Education from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Here are a few of my favorite children’s books: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson, A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau.
Favorite scripture verse:
I Corinthians 13
Favorite thing about working at CCS:
I enjoy interacting with 5th graders; they still like learning by pretending and doing goofy activities, but they also are mature enough to think and discuss deeply. I’m thankful I can help them see the world through eyes of faith, giving hope, purpose, and joy.
Favorite learning activity:
While researching endangered or threatened animals, I’m awed by God’s care and creativity. I like helping students catch the excitement and bring the animal to life with their writing.
Favorite student quote:
We had been wrestling with a Bible lesson about obeying from the heart. I was thrilled when students successfully solved (and acted out) conflict scenarios. But then… recess. Glaring students stormed back to class afterward, muttering about a playground incident. As details were revealed, I realized and pointed out that the situation was just like one of the scenarios. There was stunned silence. Finally, one student said sheepishly, “That was pretend; this was real.” This very real and typical childhood experience with conflict allowed us to engage in an even more meaningful discussion about our Bible lesson that helped students make the mind-heart connection. They were quickly able to see how effective God’s way could be in their own lives, as they chose grace and mercy over resentment. As a teacher, I am so thankful to have God’s word available to challenge and guide my students.
On a lighter note: During a Bible lesson, we were ready to read a passage from II Chronicles. To refresh students’ memories, I asked, “So where can we find II Chronicles in the Bible?” A student piped up, “After I Chronicles!”
Fun or fascinating facts:
I grew up with and adore Chinese pugs. Since I can’t have a pet in our condo, I get my fix of cute little critters by watching the abundant wildlife—like hummingbirds—in my backyard by Minnehaha Creek.