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VanZuiden's Exhilararating English Experience

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elyse.van_zuiden@laurel.kyschools.us

Welcome to my page! This is my first year at South Laurel Middle School and I am very happy to be here! Last year I spent part of the year at Lynn Camp and part of the year at Trillium Academy in Michigan. My family and I have lived here in Kentucky since November of 2018. I like to spend my free time with my husband and two little boys. We spend quite a bit of time hiking and generally exploring the area. I spent the first 35 years of my life in Michigan so this is quite a change for me but I'm loving it thus far!

I am in my seventh year of teaching this year. The last 4 I have been a middle school ELA teacher and in doing so I truly believe that I have found where I belong. I received my B.S. in education from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Since then I have taught Kindergarten, worked as a substitute, a behavior specialist, and a middle school teacher.

This year your children have already taught me so much. My hope is that by the end of the year they can say the same about me. I am going to push them to be responsible and demand the best work that they can do with the hope that they will leave my classroom sand more confident readers and writers.