Ms. Lauren Baumgartner
Rm. 16

About me

I graduated from Boston University with a degree in communications. I hold a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of the Pacific and a California Teaching Credential.

I live in Belmont with my husband and little baby James. In my free time, I love to spend time with them hiking in the Bay Area, cooking, and planning dream vacations or real vacations to our favorite spot in Maui.

Teaching Philosophy

Exemplary teachers facilitate learning, exploration, and dialogue for their students. As classroom teacher, I developed an individual style that centers on the whole child through community building and project-based curriculum. I take pride in the unique opportunity to prepare children to be responsible, active members of our global society. By asking key questions and probing student’s ideas, I have by the unique opportunity to cultivate curiosity in these lifelong learners.

In order to become confident learners, students must think critically about what they are learning. And to do this effectively, I believe we must show students that the lines between subjects are blurred. For example, writing is no longer employed solely during one block of time but appears throughout the day: during math when students journal about how they solved a problem, in science when they wonder what will happen prior to their experiment, and in reading when students respond to an author. By explicitly showing students that the skills they are learning in school connect them to the world, we create powerful thinkers.