Ms. Boles has 16 years of teaching experience, and for the past 8 years, she has taught 4th and 5th grade students in DoDEA schools in Belgium and in Germany. Prior to joining DoDEA, Ms. Boles taught at Collinswood Elementary School and Quail Hollow Middle School, both located in Charlotte, N.C. She is a graduate of Appalachian State University, with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She received her Master's Degree in Education Curriculum/Instruction: Reading in 2006 from Grand Canyon University.

Maintaining high expectations for each student, teaching with multiple learning styles as a guide, and using her own experiences and hobbies as a resource, Ms. Boles devises real world lessons for her students, including those who are struggling to learn. A student states, "Ms. Boles supports us personally and educationally, not to mention encouraging us to strive for success. But, most of all, she gives us the feeling of everything is possible."

2009 winner, Laura Boles
Laura Boles
4th and 5th Grade Teacher
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