Hi! I am Laura Fernandez, a career educator from Costa Rica. I am passionate about promoting children's natural curiosity to learn and explore in a safe environment where respect and kindness prevail. Some of my earliest and happiest memories were in the CDS elementary classrooms that I attended myself, and where I learned the skills I focus on today in my classroom. I aim to continue these types of great interactions while teaching foundational skills to my young students.
I graduated with honors from Edgewood College in Wisconsin with a degree in International Relations and Economics. During my college years, I took advantage of any opportunity to expand my international perspective and accepted a program that allowed me to live and study in Europe.
Upon completing my degree, I immediately entered the educational field by working with as a mentor and educator for young children in The Boys and Girls Club of America, an after school program for at-risk youths. It was a privilege to be able to use my bilingual upbringing and play a vital role as a translator between the school system and these families. This experience solidified my eagerness and passion for bilingual education and convinced me to pursue a Masters degree in Bilingual/Bicultural Education at Depaul University in Chicago.
I continued my career at a Dual Language public school in Chicago for two years teaching 2nd grade in both English and Spanish. After ten years in the United States, it was time to bring my teaching experience and passion back home to Costa Rica and return to where it all started at my first choice school, Country Day. I am now starting my 12th year at CDS as an elementary teacher. Besides being a classroom teacher, I have been a member of the Math Leadership Team, led Student Council and hosted student-teachers in my classroom. I am excited to lead a S.T.E.A.M. after school club and begin my certification in Inclusive Leadership this year.
I am a mother of two young boys that take full advantage of what Country Day School offers and I strive to be proactive in the school community. My family is rooted deeply in Costa Rican history and traditions which I love to share with my students. Whether it’s my annual trip to visit our family owned orchid farm in San José de la Montana or bringing my family’s tech background into the classroom, I enjoy incorporating my background, values and upbringing into my curriculum.