Laurie Fisher is currently a doctoral student in Jewish education at Gratz where she received her MAJS and MAJEd. She also earned a B.A. in English and Art History from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her academic interests include the Philosophy of Education, Reflective Practice, and Teacher Education. From designing and leading Tot Shabbat to studying Jewish philosophy with adults, Laurie loves educating across the spectrum of Jewish experience. As a teacher educator, Laurie’s goal is to facilitate adult learning which helps to prepare Jewish educators for the evolving environment of synagogue life and beyond. In addition to being a professional Jewish educator, in the past Laurie has fulfilled many of the lay roles of synagogue life including Sisterhood President, B’nei mitzvah tutor, committee chair, and board member. She has worked with the Knoxville Jewish Alliance as a coordinator with the University of Tennessee Hillel. Her happiest times in life are when she is learning with and from her students or when she has her nose in a book, preferably while dogs and cats are snuggled in with her.