Degrees and Certifications:
Stephen F. Austin State University -Bachelor of Science: Child and Family Development -Minor: Psychology -Core Subjects Grades: EC-6 Certification -Special Education Grades: EC-12 Certification -English as a Second Language Supplemental Grades: EC-12 Certification
Mrs. Laurel Hagen
My name is Laurel Hagen, and I am very excited for the 2020-2021 school year! This is the start of my fifth year as a Special Education Teacher, and I feel very blessed to work with the most incredible students, families, and team members here at Mathews.
I was born in Virginia but raised in Plano. I started as a Shepard Patriot, went on to become a Wilson Ram, then 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 ALC and Self-Contained classrooms. I was then was accepted into the Child Life internship at Children’s Memorial Hermann hospital in Houston. I began the internship, and during my time in the hospital 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 spending time with my wonderful husband Andy, our dog who is a very sweet and energetic Vizsla named Rhett, my family, and friends. In past summers, I have enjoyed working with Plano ISD’s ESY (Extended School Year) summer school program. I have worked two summers as an ESY paraprofessional, and three summers as an ESY teacher.
I am looking forward to working with you and your child as we celebrate a year full of joy, learning, and growth! It is truly an honor to be their teacher.