Degrees and Certifications:
Stephen F. Austin State University
Mrs. Laurel Hagen
I am so excited to begin another incredible school year! My name has made a little change from Miss. Hayes to Mrs. Hagen, as I got married this summer. I feel so blessed to be a part of the Mathews family and truly feel that this is the Greatest School on Earth as our staff shirts state this year!
I was born in Virginia but raised in Plano. I started as a Shepard Patriot, went on to become a Wilson Ram, Vines Viking, and graduated as a Plano Senior High Wildcat in 2009 😊. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Development and a minor in Psychology from Stephen F. Austin State University (Axe’em Jacks!) in 2013.
I was originally on the path to become a Child Life Specialist and work with children and families in the hospital. I completed my practicum at Medical City Children’s hospital in Dallas during my senior year of college. After graduating, I worked as a special education assistant at Wilson Middle School for two years in their Active Learning Classroom and Self-Contained classroom. I then began my Child Life internship program at Children’s Memorial Hermann hospital in Houston. During that time, I realized how much I missed teaching and working with children in the classroom setting. I took a leap of faith and decided to pursue my passion of teaching and working with children with special needs. I worked as a special education assistant at Mathews for a semester while I completed my alternative certification program and earned my EC-6 certification, Special Education EC-12 certification, and ESL certification.
In my spare time, I love being with my wonderful new husband Andy, family, and friends. During the summer months, the long days of sunshine, ice-cold Sonic drinks, and being at the beach or pool are my favorites. In the fall, it’s the cooler crisp mornings, warm cups of coffee, and football season that make up some my favorites.
This will be the start of my third year at Mathews as a Special Education teacher, and I am looking forward to working with you and your child as we celebrate a year full of joy, learning, and growth