- Inside the Classroom
- Lower Division
By Dr. Laurie Fisher, Kindergarten Teacher
Tell us about yourself:
I have been a Jewish educator for the past twenty years and I've been an educator for more than twenty-seven years in various arenas such as Girl Scouts, yoga studios, YMCAs, and the Red Cross. My background in Jewish education has been mainly in the synagogue world where I have been a Director of Education, Hebrew teacher, and b'nei mitzvah tutor. I have facilitated hours of learning for ages preschool through adult. I am also an adjunct professor at Gratz College in Philadelphia where I teach graduate courses in Jewish Studies and Education.
Why do you work at Denver JDS?
I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the Denver JDS community along with my husband, Matt Lauer, who is teaching in the Upper Division. I am looking forward to building the relationships that are the backbone of the educational community. As the Kindergarten Hebrew and Judaics teacher, I am eager to explore the rich, varied, and pluralistic heritage that is Judaism with your children.
Ask me about: (interesting hobbies, etc.)
I love to study Talmud and find the modality of chevruta (a study group that analyzes and learns from Jewish texts) and the questions raised while reading and studying a text to be incredibly engaging and meaningful. One of my favorite bits of wisdom from the Talmud comes from Rabbi Chanina who said: “I have learned much from my teachers and even more from my friends, but from my students, I have learned more than from all of them” (Taanit 7a:12). I cannot wait to hear what they have to say!