Welcome to the 2016-17 school year!

I feel very fortunate and excited to be back teaching at Horace Mann School in our beautiful new facility!  In the three years I have been here I have come to think of Horace Mann as a second home and the staff, students, and parents, as a second family. I truly love it here and would not want to teach anywhere else.  

The majority of my undergraduate work was completed at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  During the time that I was living, working, and going to school in Las Vegas I met the man who would become my husband and subsequently moved to California to be with him.  

Fast forward a few years and while raising my three children and spending countless hours volunteering in their classrooms, school offices, and on athletic fields, I realized just how rewarding and wonderful I found working with young people.   Light bulb moment ensued; I love kids and I'm passionate about history; I should be a history teacher!  As a result of this revelation I entered the M.Ed. program at California Lutheran University where I earned teaching credentials in both Social Science and English. Immediately prior to teaching for BHUSD, I taught and coached for the Oak Park School District in Oak Park, California.

My teaching goal is to do my very best for the students and to 'infect' them with the same life-long enthusiasm and curiosity about our world, and the beings that inhabit it, as I have.  Studying history, in the right way, serves to teach students: how to think, how to question, how to compare and contrast ideas and events, and how to recognize causal relationships.  This is 'idea-centered' learning and not the ‘mind-numbing memorization of names and dates’ learning that so many students have come to dread. Practicing and honing these analytical skills is invaluable for students and will support their progress and success, across all disciplines, throughout their academic career and beyond.

As the year progresses I will be posting helpful links for students on this page as well as on Jupiter grades.  For students requiring any additional assistance throughout the year, I will be maintaining ‘office hours’ most days after school from 3:16 – 4:00, room B-237.  Please feel free to stop on by. J
Here’s to a GREAT school year!

Laura Stark