All-School Calendar
  • May 2017
    • MonMay01 AP Exams
    • MonMay01 Dream Week
    • MonMay01 Senior Exam Week
    • TueMay02 AP Exams

Laurel Headmistress Ann V. Klotz, a graduate of Yale, was recently interviewed by her friend and former classmate Ellen Gibson McGinnis for a Q&A in the March issue of YaleWomenIn the piece she talks about the role Yale played in her career (and how she first aspired to be an actress), the profound influence her early years of teaching in the housing project had on her, and her passion for educating girls, including teaching beyond academics and Laurel's Center for Research on Girls. When asked what her next challenge is, Ms. Klotz replied that she "wants to work on how best to teach our girls empathy. It gets back to diversity, and having a mix of voices in the room or 'at the table.' And it is so important for our society now." Click here to read the full interview.  

Outdoor Pre-Primary Teacher and Outdoor Education Specialist Audrey Elszasz and Abbie Bole, who teaches Kindergarten through Grade 4 science, are both included in a Cleveland Magazine article titled "The Benefits of Nature-based Learning", which looks at area early-childhood programs that use nature to help teach. Ms. Bole was quoted in the piece stating "The best way for children to learn is when they can see it, touch it, taste it, hear it, smell it. That's what makes an impression on their young minds." In the piece Mrs. Elszasz states, "We're answering questions with questions: 'What do you think?' Children interact with each other as they try to figure out the answers on their own." 

In addition to this feature story, Kathryn Marshall, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher at Laurel, is featured as the expert in this month's "Ask the Experts" section, which also focuses on how students benefit from receiving an outdoor education. Click here for the story.

In a March Motherwell Magazine piece Lisa Damour, Ph.D., Director of Laurel's Center for Research on Girls, participated in a Q&A on the topic of dress codes and girls, and the complexities of the cultural reaction to what girls wear. In the article Dr. Damour touches on the supposed benefits of a dress code versus the potential damage it might do to a girl's sense of control. She is quoted saying, "Many of the girls at Laurel School, where I work, use the word "love" to describe their attitude toward the school uniform. That said, many of the girls at Laurel had a hand in the choice to attend Laurel, so they knew what they were signing up for when they came. For students at schools that they did not choose, or schools that have no uniform but enforce a dress code, the situation is likely different, especially if the dress code is enforced in a mean-spirited way. But I would not assume that girls who follow a dress code necessarily feel that they are not in control of their bodies."

Click here to read the full interview. 

On the heels of their Scholastic Art Awards received earlier this year, Caroline Kahn '17 and Katie Dinner '17 each won the Herbert Ascherman Award for Photography, a regional award that is presented to two students each year. Caroline Kahn also received a Gold Key award for her photography and Katie Dinner received both a Silver Key and an honorable mention for her photography.

The Scholastic Arts & Writing Competition is an annual competition open to local students in Grades 7-12. The panel of judges is comprised of professional artists, art educators, writing and writing educators. More than 3,000 entries for both art and writing were submitted this year.

Congratulations to these students for this amazing honor.

On March 7, 2017 six Laurel students in Grades 9, 10 and 11 participated in the Northeastern Ohio Science & Engineering Fair (NEOSEF). Maryum Ali '18, Linnea Tyler '19, Katie Chen '20, and Katelyn Shakir '20 all earned 2nd place at the fair. Olivia Wenzel '20 received 3rd place. 

Grade 10 student Priya Khadilkhar earned an impressive 1st place in the regular judging and also walked away with four special awards: American Statistical Association, American Psychological Association, Cleveland Clinic Department of Psychiatry and Psychology and Cleveland State University Department of Psychology.

Many of the students are in Laurel's STEM Research class and while there was no specific topic focus at the event, each of the students chose their own category and had about two months to put their presentations together. Congratulations to all the girls on these incredible achievements!

  

 

Crain's Cleveland Business publisher and editor Elizabeth McIntyre recently attended a panel discussion hosted by Laurel's Entrepreneurship Capstone Students on the documentary film, "Dream, Girl" - a celebration of female entrepreneurs. She highlights that "the young women at Laurel know the power of female leadership because it's front and center in the school's mission to inspire girls to fulfill their promise and better the world. To be living, breathing 'Fearless Girls.'" She goes on to state that Laurel's mission is "what prompted the school to launch its Capstone Experience program last year, which gives students the chance to explore real-world issues while further developing their leadership skills in one of four areas: civic engagement, entrepreneurship, global studies and STEAM (a twist on STEM, "science, technology, engineering and mathematics", that adds "arts" to the mix.)"

Panelists at the event included Heather Ettinger '79, managing partner at Fairport Asset Management; Stephanie Silverman, publisher and owner of Your Teen Media; Nichelle McCall '01, CEO of Bold Startups; and Laura Bennett, COO and co-founder of Embrace Pet Insurance, each of whom shared their experiences in creating and running their own businesses. 

The editor goes on to highlight many of the inspiring messages shared during the panel discussion. "Persistence is one of the most valuable things," and "shatter stereotypes whenever you can," were just a few.

Click here to read the full story in Crain's Cleveland Business

Kathryn Purcell, Associate Head of School and Director of Enrollment Management at Laurel was recently featured in a Cleveland Jewish News story highlighting the importance of school culture and how it plays a crucial role in school selection.

Many factors can determine which school a child attends. Class size, programs, location and extracurricular activities can impact a parent's willingness to send a child to a particular school. But, parents should also consider a more abstract notion that exists within a school. School culture focuses on how staff members interact and uphold a shared set of values and beliefs and the school’s effect on students – like teaching practices, diversity and relationships within the school. When it comes to school choice, local educators say school culture should impact their choices as well. 

Kathryn is quoted saying, “(A school’s culture) allows a child to feel visible. You don’t want anyone to fall through the cracks,” Purcell said. “The sense of community kind of dictates how valuable a child feels at a school.”

She goes on to say that even though culture is an intangible factor when choosing a school, it’s just as crucial as anything else. A school’s culture encompasses not only the how the school feels, but also how it interacts with itself. These interactions should be a big part of deciding which school is the right fit.

Click here to read the full story.

Congratulations to the Laurel girls from Grades 5 and 6 who competed in the Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics (GCCTM) math competition on February 18, 2017! Laurel sent three teams of four this year--two from Grade 5 and one from Grade 6--and all received Blue Champion ribbons. The competition included 18 Fifth Grade teams and seven Sixth Grade teams. Similarly, teams from Laurel's Seventh and Eighth Grades competed on March 5 where they received the Champion Award and Medal Award respectively. 

The competition was comprised of four events, each roughly 15 minutes in length. Teams were tasked with working together to problem solve and work through mental math, construction and mixed application problems. Laurel students have been preparing since December to compete and their performance did not disappoint! 

Congratulations to all of the girls on their hard earned achievements!

 

Laurel School's eleventh annual Gator Bash took place on Saturday, February 11 at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown. The theme of the evening was "For the Love of Laurel" and it was clear the more than 500 attendees hold the school close to their hearts. The evening raised a total of $215,000 with $107,000 of that raised during the Call to the Heart paddle raise to support Laurel's new Innovation Fund. This fund will align with the School's new five-year Strategic Roadmap and provide some of the necessary resources to fund innovative education happening throughout Laurel. Highlights from this spectacular evening were included in the Cleveland Jewish NewsCurrents MagazineCleveland Magazine and Cleveland.com

Featured in the photo above is Dan Angelino and Beth Embrescia, Chair of the Laurel Board of Trustees.

Summer at Laurel was recently highlighted in a roundup piece in Cleveland Magazine titled "Summer Camp Guide: Get Out and About." The story included feedback from Summer at Laurel Director Dr. Karen Edwards, who discusses a partnership with the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA), which opens doors for students to explore drawing, painting, sculpting and printing. CMA and Summer at Laurel will also offer a printmaking camp, where students in Grades 8-12 spend a half-day working with teachers at the museum and the other half at Laurel's Lyman Campus. Dr. Edwards is quoted in the story saying, "The key is to find something that meets your child's interests or passions, and also challenges them."

Click here for the full story. 

  • May 2017
    • MonMay01 AP Exams
    • MonMay01 Dream Week
    • MonMay01 Senior Exam Week
    • TueMay02 AP Exams
    • TueMay02 Senior Exam Week
    • TueMay02 Primary Parents "Looking Ahead" 6:30 PM
    • WedMay03 AP Exams
    • WedMay03 Senior Exam Week
    • WedMay03 MS Parents "Looking Ahead" 6:30 PM
    • ThuMay04 AP Exams
    • ThuMay04 Senior Exam Week
    • FriMay05 AP Exams
    • FriMay05 Cinco de Mayo
    • FriMay05 Senior Exam Week

Working at Laurel

Working at Laurel School

Laurel School is seeking talented faculty and staff who want to join an environment where our students are first and all adults in the building strive to make a difference in their lives. We seek to attract culturally and academically diverse faculty and staff who thrive on being engaged participants in our academic community. The most successful candidates see opportunities before problems and can laugh at themselves while succeeding in a fast-paced, forward-thinking educational environment. Laurel lives its mission: to inspire each girl to fulfill her promise and to better the world. We continually challenge our community to dream, dare, and do.

Laurel School is dedicated to providing equal employment opportunities to all personnel and applicants for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; national origin; handicap or disability; sexual orientation; or status as a veteran, Vietnam era, or special disabled veteran.

Job Openings

All open positions are listed below. Please complete and return either a Teaching Application, a Full Time Staff Application, an Hourly Staff Application or a Substitute Teacher Application with Substitute Teacher Questionnaire. Each listing specifies the position category right at the top.

Technology: Technology Support Coordinator

Position Category: Staff
Position Title: Technology Support Coordinator
Appointment: March 2017

The Technology Support Coordinator works closely with faculty, staff, and students to support a technology-oriented curriculum. S/He actively works to promote a successful and reliable technology experience for all stakeholders. A positive attitude and the ability to adapt to changing educational and technological needs by actively seeking professional growth and development is an ongoing expectation. Strong knowledge of current technology practices, policies, and procedures and a desire to learn new aspects of technology support are necessary. Experience in a customer service-oriented environment managing and troubleshooting hardware, software, networking, and printing issues are essential.

Click here to see the full job description.

 

Pre-Primary School: Pre-Primary Co-Teacher, Early Learner Class (20 - 36 months)

Position Category: Faculty
Position Title: Pre-Primary Co-Teacher, Early Learner Class (20 - 36 months)
Appointment: School Year 2017-2018

The co-teacher is in charge of all aspects of running the classroom. S/he will provide a Pre-Primary setting that is nurturing, cognitively rich, positive, and cross-culturally sensitive. S/he will set a tone in which the intellectual, developmental, and affective needs of children are met in his/her classroom.  

Click here to see the full job description.



 

 

Primary School: Homeroom Teacher

Position Category: Faculty
Position Title: Primary Homeroom Teacher
Appointment: School Year 2017-2018

As a homeroom teacher, this position entails the design, detailed planning, and instruction of child-centered, age-appropriate curricula in language arts, math, and social studies. Teachers work cooperatively with specialist teachers in world languages, arts, math, and social studies. Teachers work cooperatively with specialist teachers in world languages, art, science, music, physical education, and dance. 

Click here to see the full job description.

 

Upper School: English Teacher (Possible Opening)

Position Category: Faculty
Position Title: Upper School English Teacher (Possible Opening)
Appointment: School Year 2017-2018

We are seeking a dynamic and passionate individual, one who cares deeply about the importance of reading and writing, who is curious about new methods and modes of communication, and who is interested in exploring the ways in which we can teach girls to be courageous, ethical and empathetic through literature.

Click here to see the full job description.


 

Upper School: Hebrew Teacher (part-time)

Position Category: Faculty
Position Title: Upper School Hebrew Teacher (part-time)
Appointment: School Year 2017-2018

We are seeing a dynamic and talented teacher for our Upper School Hebrew program, which serves students of novice to high-intermediate proficiency. The ideal teacher has the ability to teach an additional language offered at Laurel and is inspired to spur the Hebrew program forward.

Click here to see the full job description.


Upper School: History Teacher (Possible Opening)

Position Category: Faculty
Position Title: Upper School History Teacher (Possible Opening)
Appointment: School Year 2017-2018

We are seeking a dynamic and passionate individual, one who cares deeply about the importance of research, reading and writing and who is interested in exploring the ways in which we can teach girls to be courageous, ethical and empathetic through historical study.

Click here to see the full job description.

Upper School: Mathematics Teacher (full-time)

Position Category: Faculty
Position Title: Upper School Mathematics Teacher
Appointment: School Year 2017-2018

We are seeking a dynamic and talented teacher who can teach a variety of Upper School mathematics courses, including advanced math courses such as AP and Multivariable Calculus. The ideal teacher will create a rich learning environment, employ varied teaching approaches and use multiple tools to assess student understanding. S/he will have the ability to work collaboratively with other STEM teachers and will be guided by differentiated instructional methods in developing and delivering effective lessons to a diverse group of learners. Enthusiasm about devising a variety of student experiences will be key: developing curriculum that uses our 140-acre Butler Campus as a classroom, asking students to pursue inquiry-based learning, designing projects to use as dynamic assessment tools, and encouraging class discussions as a way to deepen student understanding. We are particularly interested in candidates who seek an opportunity to serve as Math Department Chair, either for their first year at Laurel or soon after. Flexibility, a sense of humor and a deep desire to be an educator inside and out of the classroom—working with students in many capacities—are invaluable qualities at Laurel School.

Click here to see the full job description.

 

Upper School: Mathematics Teacher (part-time)

Position Category: Faculty
Position Title: Upper School Mathematics Teacher (part-time)
Appointment: School Year 2017-2018

We are seeking a dynamic and talented teacher who can teach a variety of Upper School mathematics courses, including advanced math courses such as AP and Multivariable Calculus. The ideal teacher will create a rich learning environment, employ varied teaching approaches and use multiple tools to assess student understanding. S/he will have the ability to work collaboratively with other STEM teachers and will be guided by differentiated instructional methods in developing and delivering effective lessons to a diverse group of learners. Enthusiasm about devising a variety of student experiences will be key: developing curriculum that uses our 140-acre Butler Campus as a classroom, asking students to pursue inquiry-based learning, designing projects to use as dynamic assessment tools, and encouraging class discussions as a way to deepen student understanding. Flexibility, a sense of humor and a deep desire to be an educator inside and out of the classroom—working with students in many capacities—are invaluable qualities at Laurel School.

Click here to see the full job description.


Upper School: Music Teacher/Conductor

Position Category: Faculty
Position Title: Upper School Music Teacher/Conductor
Appointment: School Year 2017-2018

Laurel School seeks a Music teacher for Upper School courses. This position involves conducting two choral ensembles (a select choir and a larger choral group), teaching a music theory course, and conducting an Upper School chamber orchestra. The ideal candidate would be able to teach in an alternate academic discipline. This music teacher is also responsible for directing the Upper School Musical every year and acts as an advisor to the school's student-led a capella group.

Click here to see the full job description.


Substitute Teachers: Pre-Primary/Primary/Middle Schools

Academic Division Directors review substitute teacher candidates on a quarterly basis. If you are interested in being considered during the next review, please submit the following items to the Director of Human Resources:

  1. Resume
  2. Two letters of reference
  3. Copies of current teaching certifications
  4. Completed Application for Substitute Teaching Position
  5. Substitute Questionnaire

Substitute Teacher Job Descriptions:

Pre-Primary School

Primary School (K-4)

Middle School (5-8)

Upper School (9-12)


Athletics: Assistant Field Hockey Coach

Position Category: Coaching
Position Title: Assistant Field Hockey Coach
Appointment: August - October

Laurel School is seeking an assistant girls field hockey coach. The ideal coach will be able to plan practice sessions that will build core skills within a supportive environment. As a part of the overall educational process, the coach will guide student-athletes through important life lessons using athletics. The coach, through intentional teaching and structured practices, is responsible for showing student-athletes how to be successful, how to win with humility, how to handle defeat with dignity, and how to be a positive role model who represents Laurel School.

Experience:

    • Formal coaching experience at the high school level or above

Job requirements:

    • First aid and CPR certifications

    • Pupil Activity Permit

    • Concussion certificate

    • Fundamentals of coaching certificate

Requirements for applying:

    • Current resume

    • Three references

Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and resume to David Meyer, Laurel School Director of Athletics by email at dmeyer@laurelschool.org

or send by mail:

David Meyer
Laurel School Director of Athletics
Laurel School
One Lyman Circle
Shaker Hts. OH 44122

Athletics: Head Girls JV Lacrosse Coach

Position Category: Coaching
Position Title: Head Girls JV Lacrosse Coach
Appointment: February - May 2017

Laurel School is seeking a head girl’s junior varsity lacrosse coach. The ideal coach will be able to plan practice sessions that will build core skills within a supportive environment. As a part of the overall educational process, the coach will guide student-athletes through important life lessons using athletics. The coach, through intentional teaching and structured practices, is responsible for showing student-athletes how to be successful, how to win with humility, how to handle defeat with dignity, and how to be a positive role model who represents Laurel School.

Experience:

  • Formal coaching experience at the high school level or above

Job requirements:

  • First aid and CPR certifications
  • Pupil Activity Permit
  • Concussion certificate
  • Fundamentals of coaching certificate

Requirements for applying:

  • Current resume
  • Three references

Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and resume to David Meyer, Laurel School Director of Athletics by email at dmeyer@laurelschool.org

or send by mail:

David Meyer
Laurel School Director of Athletics
Laurel School
One Lyman Circle
Shaker Hts. OH 44122

 

 

Possible Coaching in Upper School (Varsity/JV) & Middle School: All Sports

Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and resume to David Meyer, Laurel School Director of Athletics by email at dmeyer@laurelschool.org

or send by mail:

David Meyer
Laurel School Director of Athletics
Laurel School
One Lyman Circle
Shaker Hts. OH 44122

Transportation: Bus/Vehicle Operator

 Position Category: Transportation
Position Title: Bus/Vehicle Operator
Appointment: 10 month, part-time

Laurel School is seeking a part-time Bus Driver for a daily afternoon route. Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and resume to Sharon Keyes, Laurel School transportation Services Supervisor at skeyes@laurelschool.org

or send by mail:

Sharon Keyes
Transportation Services Laurel School
One Lyman Circle
Shaker Heights, OH 44122

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About Laurel

Laurel School is a dynamic, forward-thinking, K-12 girls’ school, with a co-ed pre-primary division where every child is well known. Laurel enjoys an outstanding local and national reputation and is home to the Laurel Center for Research on Girls.

In a highly competitive school landscape, Laurel is fortunate to be a school of choice in Cleveland. Our emphasis on the whole child and our legacy of excellence in the teaching of girls set us apart.

Located in Shaker Heights, OH (15 minutes from downtown Cleveland) with an additional rural campus 17 minutes away, the school has an urban/rural advantage. The work environment is noted for being family-friendly and flexible. The feeling in the school is joyous, collaborative, and innovative. Our curricular philosophy emphasizes community-based, interdisciplinary and experiential learning. Collaboration and reflective practice are key to pedagogy at Laurel. The school is fully committed to a culturally diverse faculty and student body. 

Laurel teachers are committed to:

  • the study of research on girls’ education
  • integrating this knowledge into classroom practice
  • working with each girl to fulfill her promise
  • flexibility and openness to new ideas
  • the academic and social development of girls
  • involving parents as partners in the educational process
  • the creation of a classroom community
  • the integration of community-based learning projects at the classroom level and as a part of the whole school community
  • equity and inclusion
  • multicultural education
  • outdoor education and sustainability

An All-Girls’ Independent College Preparatory School for Grades K-12 and Coed Pre-Primary
Lyman Campus Butler Campus
216.464.1441


Laurel's Mission Statement:


To inspire each girl to
fulfill her promise and
to better the world. 

 

All-School Open House

October 2017
exact date and time coming soon
Lyman Campus


"Laurel transforms students into strong women through an exemplary education and an atmosphere built on growth." Caitlin Cronin '16


"During my time at Laurel, I developed the mental aspect of my tennis game -- staying focused and staying in every match. The support that I've gotten from my team and my coaches has really helped me to do that." Danielle Buchinsky '15


"Laurel encourages its girls to try things they think they can do, things they don't think they can do, and even things they never thought about doing." Jazlynn Baker '16


"Laurel is a place where almost every girl can find a home. The community here is extremely accepting and diverse, and every student has her own ideas and opinions that are valued by everyone."Rebecca Brichacek '16


"Confident, independent, open-minded, fearless. That's what comes to mind when I think of what Laurel has given to my daughters." Laurel Parent

 

“The greatest gift Laurel gave me was the gift of lifelong friendships with classmates, teachers and parents of classmates. We have a special bond based on our shared experiences.” 
Betsy Sweeney Backes ‘78

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