Lauren Arsuffi - Instructional Assistant
My name is Lauren Arsuffi. I am a native of Western North Carolina who has taught special education for the past 14 years at Swain County Schools. My teaching experience through the years has been quite diverse, teaching all ages and grades K-12, exceptional children’s reading and math, self-contained, resource, and co-teaching in the general education classroom , and with all disability categories ranging from mild to severe, as well as serving as a department head with responsibilities outside of the classroom as a teacher leader. My education background includes a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Meredith College and a Masters of Arts in Teaching Special Education from Western Carolina University. I am also beginning the process of becoming a Montessori teacher/guide through the Institute of Guided Studies with a focus in early education ages 3-6 as of this summer 2020. Curriculum programs I have been trained in and used in my classroom through the years include Reading and Math Foundations, SRA Corrective Reading, LANGUAGE! reading curriculum, Wilson Fundations, SRA Number Worlds, PBS Non-Violent Crisis Intervention and Prevention, as well as co-teaching training. I have always been drawn towards helping others throughout my life and knew I either wanted to be a teacher or nurse from an early age. My interest in Montessori began during my college years and has been strengthened again most recently by the birth of my son and during my time at home with him. After being a full time stay at home mom for the past year and a half, my husband and I made the decision to move to Asheville to allow my son the chance and privilege to grow up with a broader range of diversity, cultural activities, and education opportunities that Asheville provides. I am grateful, thankful, and blessed to have the opportunity to continue my career with Asheville Primary Montessori and to know that my son will be able to join me in this intentional venture when he turns 3 as well.