Hi, my name is Laurie Pledl. I have been teaching Art at St. Alphonsus for 18 years. I teach kindergarten through eighth grade. Most of my career as a teacher has been here at St. Alphonsus however, I also have a few years of teaching experience in Florida and North Carolina.
I grew up in Wisconsin and after graduating with a Masters degree in sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University, I continued to live in the eastern states and abroad; where I got married and had children. One of my most memorable experiences was finding out I was pregnant with my son on a warm, windy day in Montserrat (the British West Indies). This was the day hurricane Hugo hit the island. The island was devastated by the hurricane and so we did have to leave. My son was born in Texas, where we relocated. We did not name him Hugo, however, we did take him back with us to Montserrat for about 6 months. Sadly, this island has now been mostly destroyed due to the volcano erupting years later.
My undergraduate degree is from UWM-Madison (B.S. in Art) and my education degree is from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.
Although, I prefer the warmer weather of the eastern states, Wisconsin will always be considered my home. Therefore, we recently purchased a 15 acre farm that we are restoring for our retirement home.
I currently live with my husband and my son. My daughter is experiencing life in Tennessee.
I have been blessed to work in a school with wonderful teachers and to be able to express my passion about art to my students. It is so exciting to see the ideas of the students form into inspirational works of art. It is also great to be a part of a faith-filled school.