Montgomery County Public Schools
AP World History and Comparative Religions Teacher, Col. Zadok Macgruder High School
Laurie is full-time teacher with Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland. She is also the Program Director for Teachers Across Borders in India. This program works towards establishing an international corps of master teachers through workshops, joint projects and dissemination of materials. In addition, Laurie works for College Board as a consultant and as a grader for the Advanced Placement examinations. College Board consultants lead workshops where teachers are trained in order to effectively teach Advanced Placement courses. Her current teaching assignment includes Advanced Placement World History and an elective course entitled Comparative Religions. In past years, Laurie has taught Modern World History, Ancient and Medieval Western History and United States History. She has written curriculum for many of these courses. The curriculum Laurie wrote for her Comparative Religions course has been used by many teachers in Montgomery County.
A native of Maryland, Laurie’s undergraduate studies included coursework at Boston Conservatory of Music, Harvard University and Westfield State College. Her degree was conferred in 1991 with a major in European History. Laurie has continued her formal education with graduate coursework.
Laurie’s professional experience includes bringing the Teachers Across Borders program to India, College Board affiliation, conducting teacher training workshops for teachers in India (under the auspices of the Centre for Cultural Resources and Training, a department of the Ministry of Culture). In the summer of 2000, Laurie participated in the Fulbright-Hays Summer Seminar Abroad program. This five week program led to a deep appreciation of India. Subsequent trips back to India were the catalyst for Laurie to bring the Teachers Across Borders program to Delhi this June.
Due to her interest in the field of religious studies, Laurie has presented workshops for educators on Teaching Religion in the Public Schools and served on a panel on the same topic at the Washington Education Writer’s Annual Meeting. She has been interviewed by the Washington Post and is currently working with the Interfaith Conference of Washington D.C. on their Notebook Project: Teaching About Religion, a resource for schools.