Laura Michels

Primary - Mulberry

Co-Head Teacher


Where did you grow up?

I was born and raised in Napa.


What were your dreams as a child?

I wanted to be an astronaut, even though I was scared of heights! At the age of 8 I developed an interest in teaching (both my parents are teachers). In high school I gravitated towards architecture. Finally at about 20 years old I circled back to teaching as a career and I have never looked back.


Where were you educated?

I am a Sunrise graduate. I attended River Middle School and Napa High School. Later I went on the San Jose State University and received a BA in Child and Adolescent Development. I did my Montessori training at the Montessori Teacher Education Center of the San Francisco Bay Area.


How did you learn about the Montessori philosophy?

I was raised on the Montessori philosophy!


How long have you worked at Sunrise?

I have worked at Sunrise for 8 years.


Which age groups have you worked with at Sunrise?

I have worked with Toddlers, Preschool and Kindergarten children.


Where else have you worked?

I have worked as a Kumon tutor and as a private nanny. I worked as Montessori teacher at the Montessori Schools of Fremont for 2 years before coming to Sunrise.


What excites you about the Montessori philosophy?

I am excited to observe what a child brings to the classroom. I love to watch them grow into who they want to be.


What is the essence of the Montessori philosophy for you?

The essence of the philosophy for me is the journey to independent learning.


What do you love to do outside of school?

I love to be a mommy to my little girl. I love to paint and to attend family events.

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