Laurie Nowak
Fourth Grade

First of all, I want to say how blessed I am to be a part of this amazing TCA family.

The Lord has blessed me with my wonderful family, which includes my daughter, Christie, who is a nurse in the US Army. I grew up in a Christian home here in San Antonio with loving parents, as well as a younger brother, Tom, and younger sister, Susan. They are truly my best friends and Godly support system. They hold me accountable when needed. I earned my undergraduate degree, a B.B.A., at Baylor University in 1975. (Sic ’em Bears!) Eventually I went back to school and earned my Master’s in Education (M.Ed.) in 1994 at Texas State University, along with my Texas Teaching Certificate in 1995. My teaching career began in the Harlandale ISD at Scheh Elementary in 1995. In the years since them, I taught all the grades from 1st grade through 8th grade in the North East ISD here in San Antonio until I retired in 2014.

I love music, and I am a vocalist (soprano) and pianist. At any given time, I am either listening to K-LOVE or smooth jazz on the radio. Trinity Baptist Church has been my home church since I was eight years old. You can find me worshipping there every Sunday and Wednesday, singing in the Chorale. In addition, I am the Social Director for my Sunday School class, so I get to plan the parties. I also joined the Divine Divas chapter of Red Hats two years ago, and am the Social Director for our group, also. Fun! My go-to place for vacation is the mountains of New Mexico, which is my respite from the craziness of city life. My family has a vacation home in gorgeous Angel Fire, NM. You can find me there in the summers enjoying shopping in Taos, Red River, and Sante Fe, eating, relaxing, and enjoying what Angel Fire has to offer. Ahhhh!

I love teaching because I love kids. After I had retired from public school teaching, I truly missed kids and the classroom, so here I am! It is essential that our classroom feel like a safe place and that learning can be fun. My classroom is often filled with laughter, but yet educating my kids and teaching life lessons, as well as academic curriculum with excellence, is my daily objective. I focus on extending beyond the rigor of the lesson to help my students discover how any lesson can apply to their lives now, and prepare them for what lies ahead. There is always a clear vision of where we are going and how to get there. And there are guidelines and expectations in place, which the kids are aware of from Day 1.

After teaching in the public school system for 23 years, it is a joyful experience to be able to teach in a Christian school. The Lord has been my Saviour since I was eight years old, and I strive daily to be a Godly woman and to manifest the traits of a Spirit-filled woman in my classroom. How refreshing and uplifting it is to begin the day-everyday-praying with my kids and being allowed and encouraged to integrate Biblical precepts and Biblical characters and stories in my lessons and classroom discussions. It is a gift! On a personal level, the staff, administration, and parents at TCA are the absolute best I have ever worked with. They are a lovely and loving group of people, and TCA is a remarkable place to work.