If you ask Lara McBride, what is essential in a classroom or school, she will tell you: empathy and relationships. Striving to create a caring community (including parents) that listens to, respects, supports and encourages each other has been Lara’s goal for more than 20 years while working with children in various educational and creative settings.
Lara began her career with a degree in Early Childhood Education and focused her teaching on learning through play, socio-emotional development and highly creative arts-based curriculum. From there, after graduating from The University of Toronto – Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Lara taught Kindergarten in both independent and public school settings for many years. She later thoroughly enjoyed teaching Grade 1 and 2, focusing on experiential learning, cross-curricular integration, guided inquiry and research-based literacy strategies at one of the TDSB’s only International Baccalaureate World Schools. Lara was also the Literacy Coach Teacher and Visual Arts Teacher at her school and eventually became the school’s IB Curriculum Coordinator. This gave Lara a wonderful opportunity to work with teachers and students across Grades K-6, supporting the development of their units of inquiry and providing leadership and character development opportunities for students. Lara strongly believes that students must deeply connect their learning to their world. Through this connection, students will realize that they are empowered by knowledge and skills and can make positive changes in the world!