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Carol Lareau

Faculty Information
Location(s) Lower School
Title(s) Lower School Kindergarten
Contact Information
School Email
School Phone
(828) 274-0758   x379
Degree(s) B.A., Clemson University
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Carol Lareau is a kindergarten teacher in the Lower School. She has been working at Carolina Day School since 1989. She has received the Betty Lou Davis Award and the Melissa Ogden Award. Her two daughters also graduated from CDS.

Get to know Carol Lareau:
In what ways can you teach/engage children at CDS that you couldn't at other schools? At CDS, I have the freedom to teach my students at a pace and level that is appropriate for them. I don’t teach to the middle of the class, but I can look at each individual student and create math and reading lessons that best meet that particular child’s needs.”
What do you like most about your job at CDS? CDS is a close-knit community of educators and parents who care about children. With the small class size, teachers are able to truly know their students and communicate openly with parents about their accomplishments and challenges.”
In your opinion, how does the CDS community inspire students to be courageous and curious, wonder about things that they don’t understand, try new things, and develop individual passions?  “Kindergartners are naturally very curious about our world. They arrive at school each morning eager to find out what we are going to study today. These little sponges ask many questions, and they are willing to jump in and try something new at least once. They notice the little things that adults often overlook such as inchworms, a pretty white rock, or the stick that’s shaped like the letter Y.”   
How would you describe your classroom? “My goal is for each student to feel safe and secure in my classroom. I promise to treat each student with respect and expect the same from them. I strive to create a sense of community where we all look out for one another and encourage others for giving their best effort.”
What books and authors inspire you? “One of the most informative, educational books that I have read is Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz, M.D. Dr. Shaywitz uses clear, practical language to explain dyslexia and provides techniques that can help the dyslexic child be successful. It is estimated that one in five children will have trouble reading, so if I can detect reading problems early, then the student can get the help they need. Early intervention and a multisensory approach are the keys to success.”
What is your favorite quote about education, mentorship, children, and/or learning? “Hugs can do great amount of good, especially for children” - Princess Diana, Princess of Wales
How would you describe yourself and/or your approach to your job in 10 words or less? “A kind word or an act of kindness can be powerful!”
Which classroom projects/events are you known for? The kindergartners spend a good portion of the year traveling around the world. The children sing a simple song about the seven continents that they will never forget. Our world travels create an awareness of other cultures, languages, food, and climate. Technology helps us see what countries are like today and not rely on history books that may not be current or relevant.”
What personal passion brings balance to your life? I adore both the young and the older generations. Each summer I look forward to spending time with the Meals On Wheels clients. The hot meal and nourishment are the least of what I bring to each patron. Just hearing the voice of another human being or gentle questions about their well-being are what they seek most. It is such a worthwhile organization that tends to the needs of our elderly with compassion and purpose.”
Is there anything else we should know about you and your work? I think 5-year-olds are the best! I often say that if I could freeze children, it would be at this age. They are curious, fun loving, and carefree. They absorb information like a sponge, and they view the world as a place of wonder. Sometimes we adults should relax and take our cues from the little ones and just experience life.”
How is CDS different from what you experienced as a child in school? “I wish that my school experience could have been more like what I see here at Carolina Day. CDS teachers truly care about their students, working in partnership with parents. This open communication sets the students up for success. I think frequent communication, small class size, and dedicated, caring teachers sets us apart from other schools.”
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