Laurie Fisher is an adjunct instructor who teaches for the M.Ed program and for Gratz Academy. Laurie has been an educator since graduating college the first time 32 years ago in both formal and informal settings from Girl Scouts USA, JCCs, synagogues, YMCAs, Hillel, and for the past three years at Gratz. Her academic interests include teacher education and professional development, especially in the areas of critical reflective practice and innovative pedagogies, the use of multiple intelligences in the classroom, educational history and philosophy, the flipped classroom, Jewish history, and Rabbinics.
Laurie earned her B.A. from the University of Tennessee with a double major in English Literature and Art History. She also has a Master's in Jewish Education and a Master's in Jewish Studies from Gratz in addition to her doctorate in Education. Her dissertation entitled, "'So exciting, so rich and right': A Constructivist Grounded Theory of the Jewish Afterschool Program," studied five independent Jewish afterschool programs and developed a ground theory of the independent Jewish afterschool. An article written by Laurie published in eJewishPhilanthropy makes the case for why these innovative and growing programs deserve more funding from philanthropists.
As an educator Laurie loves exploring and reflecting on the processes of teaching and learning. She is happiest when deeply into developing a new class or rethinking an old one and evolving creative ways to appropriately challenge her students. She is married to an educator and the mother of a human doctor, two canines, and two felines. In addition she is the caretaker of an ever-growing stash of yarn and fabric!