Laura Sparks



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Laura Sparks

I was born in Walla Walla, Washington.  My parents and brother still live there, so I visit whenever I can.  My mother was an educator.  I grew up being in a classroom helping her from the time I was very young. When she visits Bainbridge Island she often helps me with assessments and classroom activities.  Now she helps me!

I attended college at Eastern Washington University with a major in reading and a minor in early childhood education.  First grade has been my grade of choice for the majority of my career.  I have taught first grade for thirty-one years, teaching second grade once.  Teaching young children to read has been my passion.  

I have taught at Wilkes for twenty-nine years.  This is truly a wonderful place to work.  My adult children, Hannah and Mitchell both attended Wilkes too.

 My interests center around nature.  I enjoy hiking and camping.  You might also see me a at park walking my dogs.  They are my furry children and I often share stories about them with my students.  Gardening is also an interest of mine.  I love flowers!  On rainy days, I enjoy reading.  Mystery novels are my favorite.