Degrees and Certifications:
Degrees: BA History (1992) M.Ed Early Childhood Education (2007) Ed.S Instructional Technology (exp. 2020) Certifications: P-5 Early Childhood 6-8 Math and Science 6-12 History, Geography, Behavioral Science, Economics, Geography Teacher Support Specialist Gifted Certified
Mrs. Laura Osborne
Greetings Hornets! My name is Laura Osborne. I am a fifth grade teacher at Sand Hill. This year marks my sixteenth year at “the little school with a big heart.” The Sand Hill community holds a special place for me. I grew up in a neighborhood adjacent to the school (before SHES was built), all three of my children attended school here, and I still live in the Sand Hill district.
After graduating from Effingham County High School in 1988, I attended Armstrong State College (now part of Georgia Southern) on a basketball scholarship. After two years, I made the decision to decline my scholarship to concentrate on my academics and prepare for a career. I graduated from Armstrong in 1992 with a BA in History with a teaching certification in grades 6-12. My teaching career started in the fall of 1992 at the 6th grade annex of Effingham County Middle School.
In 1993, I married my wonderful husband of 25 years, Hugh. His job required us to move away from the area. We returned to Effingham in 2000. Before returning to the classroom, I had my three fabulous children. The oldest graduated from Georgia Southern this past May, the middle child is starting her third year at Georgia Southern this fall, and the youngest is a junior at the STEM Academy.
In 2003, I decided to return to teaching after ten years. I decided that teaching younger children was now my passion, probably because I had young ones of my own. I started working on my Master’s Degree in Early Childhood education (completed in 2007) while teaching 4th grade at Sand Hill.
During the past 15 years, I have taught all subjects in both 4th and 5th grades. In 2014, I started the first elementary school STEM Club in the County. That same year, I also coached Effingham County’s first elementary Science Olympiad team. For me it isn’t about winning prizes (though we have won many), but making sure all students interested in Science and Math are given the opportunity to participate and challenge themselves. In 2015-2016, I was given the honor of representing Sand Hill Elementary as its Teacher of the Year.
I am a dedicated lifelong learner and hope to spread that passion to all the students I encounter. My education continues this fall as I begin work on my Specialist’s Degree in Instructional Technology. When not at school, I enjoy reading, rock collecting, and traveling.