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Ms. Laurie Virtusio » Introduction


Hello, my name is Ms. Virtusio and I am the TOSA (Teacher on Special Assignment) for reading intervention  this year. I am excited to be part of the Hawthorne School community and to continue to make Hawthorne School the best school to learn and grow. Last year I was the reading intervention teacher at Beverly Vista School making this my second year at Beverly Hills Unified School District. I graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) where I earned my teaching credential and received my M.Ed in 2008. More recently, I also received my reading specialist credential at SDSU and was appointed by the California Department of Education to serve on the 2015 ELA/ELD Textbook Adoption Panel as an Instructional Materials Reviewer. During my time at Beverly Vista, I also completed the School Leadership Academy program with the University of Southern California to earn a preliminary administrative credential. My experience in Reading Language Arts will help guide the reading intervention program at our school to optimize student learning. 

My educational philosophy is rooted in the African proverb, β€œIt takes a village to raise a child.” I believe that schools, families, teachers, and students have a shared responsibility to uphold a quality education. As a teacher, I believe it is my responsibility to foster a culturally responsive classroom where different ideas are shared and valued equally and use student data to drive effective research based instruction. It is the foundation to create a physically and intellectually safe environment for students to feel respected and promote academic, social, and emotional growth. I am excited for our educational year together.
I look forward to working with you and your child. If you need have any questions please feel free to contact me by email lvirtusio@bhusd.org or call (310) 229-3675 x6257. Have a wonderful school year!