Ms.Lara joined the ECMCS staff in 2002, teaching music two hours per week to
44 students. As the school grew, she took on additional responsibilities
as the school's Gifted&Talented Coordinator, Testing Coordinator and
Interim Principal while Ms. Jody was on maternity leave. She holds a
Master's Degree in School Counseling from Seton Hall University,
Bachelor's Degree in Music Therapy from Charleston Southern University, a
professional SC teacher's certificate and gifted and talented
In her early adult years,Lara was a part-time music therapist
working contractually with at-risk adolescents, adults in addiction
recovery, women in domestic violence sheltersand children with autism.
This part-time work afforded Lara the freedom to beat home with her
children while maintaining a foot in the world of work. During this time
Lara was introduced to the Montessori method of education when she was
asked to teach music at the newly created East Cooper Montessori
Charter School. Lara was so intrigued by the method and the role of the
teacher, that she enrolled her daughter in a Montessori preschool. And
the rest, as they say,is history!
Lara lives in
Mt. Pleasant with her husband, Lou, her two children, Anna and Ethan, and
her two ragdoll cats, Sam and Otis. In her free time she enjoys reading,
camping and hanging out at the beach with family.