Online Educational Approach at Laurel Springs
“I find creative ways to help students learn.” Lisa Turner, who has over thirty years of teaching experience in a variety of school settings, said that because of Laurel Springs’ online educational approach, she can “adapt instruction to students’ individual learning styles.”
Lisa Turner’s Teaching Journey
Lisa has been teaching Latin, History and English courses at Laurel Springs for the past five years. “I love being able to develop relationships with my students. When I taught in a brick-and-mortar classroom, I had to focus more on being the information provider. At Laurel Springs, I am able to take a different role, and act as a coach, working through information with students. Because I get to know my students so well, I can anticipate potential opportunities for differentiation based on their specific interests.”
One of Lisa’s students said, “She is so kind, helpful, and understanding, and she really encourages me to succeed. Ms. Turner goes above and beyond simply grading my papers. She takes the time to chat with me about my interests and goals, and understands the way I learn. She always knows how best to get information across to me in a way I will grasp.”
With a Master’s degree in Education, Lisa has a deep understanding of how our school’s educational approach benefits its students on a long-term basis. Lisa feels that she has insight into how her students’ learn best from seeing how they create solutions to problems in ways that are unique to them. “When I write college recommendation letters, I explain that our academic model encourages students to become independent problem-solvers, more so than their counterparts in brick-and-mortar classrooms.”
In addition to teaching high school classes at Laurel Springs, Lisa helped to create MyLaurelSprings, our school’s private social network, and is the supervisor of the site. “Because MyLaurelSprings is so well-moderated, it is a safe place for students to express themselves. They learn appropriate ways to interact online. Students develop a sensitivity about responsible online communication because they are all part of the same school, and the interaction is guided by people who care about them.”
In her free time, Lisa enjoys many outdoor activities in her home state of Montana: skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking. She also loves to knit, bead, draw, write, and spend time with her family and friends.