Ms. Laurie Virtusio » Introduction

Introduction

Hello, my name is Ms. Virtusio and I am the EL Coordinator and ELD teacher this year. This my third year at Beverly Hills Unified School District and my first year in this position. 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 in the 2016-2017 school year, I also completed the School Leadership Academy program with the University of Southern California to earn a preliminary administrative credential. 

My educational philosophy is rooted in the African proverb, “It 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 have any questions please feel free to contact me by email lvirtusio@bhusd.org or call (310) 229-3675 x6132. Have a wonderful school year!