If the art of communication was seen as the foundation of success at Laurel Springs, fifth-grade instructor Kathryn Glasgow could be leading the Renaissance, as she works tirelessly to facilitate honest and open dialogues with her students and their families.
The Arizona native has honed her communication skills in the 15 years since graduating Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University as a teacher in both traditional elementary education and online settings.
Why did you decide to teach with Laurel Springs? I decided to teach with Laurel Springs because it’s a school that provides students with so many options. The program was clearly above and beyond others I was considering and I wanted to be a part of it.
What are your favorite aspects of teaching students at Laurel Springs School? I love that our students come to us from diverse backgrounds and live all over the world. The experiences they share with me show how connected the world can be.
Can you detail how teaching online differs from how you teach in a traditional environment? One way that teaching in an online environment is different from teaching in a brick-and-mortar setting is that the interactions are done virtually and mostly through written words. This makes word choice and revisions imperative to ensure the student takes in feedback and is able to apply it effectively.
Based on your experience, tell us how younger children experience learning online? Our courses are stellar and students are able to glean the concepts from them. Making sure students and parents know to reach out to us and fostering student-teacher communication is important. We are able to work with their learning style, offer feedback, and provide support. Occasionally we have students and parents who are not comfortable asking for assistance. The challenge then becomes working harder to encourage communication with an open-door policy.
What advice do you give parents who are new to Laurel Springs? My advice would be to set up a work space and a schedule that works for your family. You have the freedom to make this educational experience your own unique journey, so I encourage families to map out their daily schedule to complete the course work with a smooth system in place.
How have your experiences at LSS informed your interactions with your own children and their learning experiences? My experiences at LSS have really opened my eyes to how different each student can be. I take that lesson to my interactions with my own children. What works for one, may not work for the other. It can be challenging, but finding the solution makes for great success!
Big or small, what do you see as your greatest accomplishment? My biggest accomplishments up until now are my children. When I see them positively interact with others, being kind to friends, and showing compassion to others, I know we are doing right by them!
What do you “geek out” about and could talk about until you lose your voice? I can seriously geek out about office supplies and organizing materials. I also lose my mind over good home makeovers and remodels. I could spend hours in The Container Store or office supply stores! It’s weird and a little unexplainable, but I really love everything about those supplies!
What are your words to live by? I love the quote, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” To me, this is such a valid way of telling us to make changes to get the results we are looking for.