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Laurie King: Westwood School Teacher of the Year

Laurie King currently serves as the Physical Education (P.E.) teacher and Teacher of the Year at Westwood School. Her inspiration to teach stems from a simple yet powerful source – the kids. Mrs. King cherishes the enthusiasm with which students approach P.E. each day, eager to learn new skills and explore new activities.


Formerly a classroom teacher, Mrs. King brings a unique touch to her P.E. classes by incorporating literacy and math skills into physical activities, offering students a well-rounded learning experience. She emphasizes the benefits of regular physical activity, such as promoting a healthy lifestyle, enhancing motor and cognitive skills, and reducing stress, all while building confidence and self-esteem.

Being recognized as Teacher of the Year holds special meaning for Mrs. King. It's not just an acknowledgment of her hard work but also a reflection of the supportive community at Westwood. In her view, the school values all teachers equally, fostering collaboration, respect, and mutual support.

Mrs. King is appreciative of the opportunity to be part of the Superintendent's Teachers Advisory Council, where her voice contributes to important discussions about district-wide topics. This involvement underscores the significance of teachers' opinions in shaping educational practices.

Grateful for her journey, Mrs. King extends thanks to her administrators, Scott Ehlers and Marla Pridgen, for believing in her and allowing her to pursue her dream of teaching P.E. She also acknowledges the unwavering support of her family, particularly her parents and husband, who have played pivotal roles in her professional and personal life.

Working alongside dedicated colleagues, Mrs. King describes Westwood not just as the "Home of the Greatest Kids on Earth" but also as the "Home of the Greatest Family on Earth." Through her passion and collaborative spirit, Mrs. King continues to positively influence Westwood School, leaving a lasting impact on her students and the educational community.