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Buri, Laura

Laura Buri

5th Grade

Ext./Room: 127

Educational History
M.A., Teaching, University of Portland
B.A., English, University of Portland
Licensure: Communication Arts and Literature 5-12 & Mathematics, 5-8, State of MN

Why I Choose to Work at Nova
I was fortunate enough to have received a classical education and got to experience firsthand the power of learning how to think. More specifically, as a language arts teacher, I want to share with my students the joy of working hard to unlock the depth and beauty of the written word.

Growing up, I loved being a competitive athlete, and as an adult, I try to maintain some of that spirit of competition in my life. This includes playing (read: trying not to injure myself) in women’s basketball leagues and competing with the inner voice in my head while training for and completing running races. Beyond that, spending time with my large family and other loved ones with some music playing and food shared are about as good as it gets for me.


I have the pleasure of seeing the world through the eyes of my opinionated, strong-willed, hilarious toddler, Jake.

Favorite Books
The book I have read again and again is The Giver by Lois Lowry. At a young age, it challenged me to think about the value of pain and imperfections in humanity, and it’s a theme that I’ve found to be worth reflecting on throughout my life. As an adult, I read Watership Down by Richard Adams, and it is a book that has stuck with me. By now, I’ve read that book to my students over a dozen times, and without fail, it moves me to tears every time.

Favorite Quote

My students know how excited I get teaching Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “A Psalm of Life, particularly because it gives weight to the pursuit of a virtuous life. With that in mind, my quote is a long one from that poem:

“Lives of great men all remind us

We can make our lives sublime,

And, departing, leave behind us

Footprints on the sands of time;

Footprints, that perhaps another,

Sailing o’er life’s solemn main,

A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,

Seeing shall take heart again.

Let us, then, be up and doing,

With a heart for any fate;

Still achieving, still pursuing,

Learn to labor and to wait.”