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Laura Johannsen

3rd Grade

  • 1994 – BSE in Elementary Education from UW-Whitewater
  • Over 8 Years Teaching Experience in Grades K-5
  • Over 20 Years Volunteer Teaching at Church as Catechist, Bible Camp Leader, Preschool/Parent Fellowship Program Teacher, Mission Trip and Retreat Assistant, Child Care Helper

My name is Laura Johannsen and I am pleased to join the CELA community as the new 3rd Grade teacher. I come from a background of teaching in great Public Schools around the Lake Country Area. I stayed at home for several years to raise our girls and boys who are now in their Senior, Sophomore, 7th and 4th Grade year.

My husband, Ryan, and I live in Oconomowoc with our kids and loving black lab, Jetta. I enjoy kayaking, fishing, playing games, reading, riding my motorcycle, and hopping on a plane to travel to beaches, Disney or ANYWHERE! I like to watch all kinds of sports, especially our kids’ soccer, volleyball, hockey and baseball. I also spend quite a few hours at band and choir concerts!

My dream of making a difference in the lives of children AND working with talented colleagues in a Christian school setting has come to fruition. I am thrilled to be teaming with Ms. Dwyer to accomplish this year’s goals and support the vision of CELA.

Faith and patience are gifts that prompt me to continue responding to my calling as a full-time educator, parent, family member and friend. I am filled with gratitude and joy to help others realize daily victories in their endeavors. I am hopeful to inspire students to seek ways to grow in character, academic excellence and leadership along this journey.

I am eager to get to know our students and families as we seek opportunities to support one another in equipping our youth to develop strong skills and positive values as they become God’s future (and PRESENT) leaders in this changing world.

As a 3 sport student-athlete who attended Christian schools from 1st through 12th Grade, I have gained hope and wisdom from ideas shared by John Wooden, former Basketball Coach at UCLA and highly-respected speaker about linking faith and lessons in leadership. I have adopted a favorite from one of John’s quotes about the art of success as I encourage our children:

“Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction knowing you made the effort to become the best you are capable of becoming.”

I pray for God’s richest blessings to be bestowed upon each member of our new and growing community of learners at CELA this 2016-17 School Year.

Thank you for your warm welcome and covering us all in prayer every day.

Let the fun and learning begin, especially in 3rd Grade!

Laura Johannsen

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God. 1 John 4:7
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13


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