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Laura Gorman-Knopf

United States -New York

Laura Gorman-Knopf

Name: Laura Gorman-Knopf
Grade: PreSchool
Country: United States
State: New York
About: “Embracing each child's sense of wonder and nurturing each child's unique potential” Hello I am Miss HK and I am the founder and Executive Director of the The HK Institute for Wonder & Play. The Institute is my personal answer to the educational crisis we are in and yet it is also a compilation of all things I LOOVE and dream about being able to implement in the classroom but under normal circumstances you simply don’t have 5 kids. I created my firm in late April and have facilitated the creation of 30 elementary and early elementary pods. I am a dual graduate of Teachers College, Columbia University in Elementary Inclusive Ed , curriculum design and literacy and was named valedictorian as I graduated summa fun Laude from each program. At tc I was fellow in the tc reading and writing program earning my literacy certification and my elementary gen/ special Ed certification for ny state. From TC I went on to Italy - bergamo amd Reggio Emilia to be exact where I earned my Ami Montessori certification birth- age 12 and was classically trained in the Reggio way. I am a passionate advocate for whole child , inclusive , multicultural and interdisciplinary education and this zeal for methodology tied in with my experience working at sesame workshop for years I know eswgtly what it means takes to coordinate and facilitate a perfect micro school in little to no time. The HK institute is a progressive, bilingual, inclusive, multicultural boutique elementary enrichment program rooted in the philosophies of AMI Montessori & Reggio Emilia. As an internationally recognized program, we provide education for creative, bright, and curious children,each with a unique learning profile and limitless potential to the classroom environment. Our philosophy is rooted in the belief that all students, no matter there age, are capable of learning through shared inquiry, sustained play, and varied experiences. At The Institute , every child is a treasured member of the community and is given the opportunity to deepen their sense of self as a dynamic and resilient learner. I have had my fill of behind the scenes so I want to return to the classroom and have a very special program planned. I have two lovely East Hampton 3 yr olds and we are hoping for 3 or 4 more. We have one boy and one girl.