Meet the Teacher

Ms. Balutis

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Ms. Balutis

Hi! My name is Lauren Balutis. I am a Primary Montessori teacher at McLaurin Elementary School, where I have been working since 2014.  I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Francis Marion University in 2013.  In 2014, I completed my training to be certified in Primary Montessori. 

As a teacher, I have three main goals for the students that become a part of my classroom family.  #1 - Each student knows that they are cared for, loved and respected as an individual.  #2 - Each student is excited to come to school. I believe that when children are happy and engaged they are able to learn to their fullest potential. #3 - Each student leaves my class having grown academically and socially, with a sense of order and independence.

I come to school each day because I love what I do.  It is a privilege to be a part of a future adult's foundation in life.

Meet the Assistant

Mrs. Price

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Mrs. Price

Hello, my name is Alane Price.  I have been at McLaurin Elementary School since 2007 as a Primary Montessori assistant.  In 2010, I became certified in Primary Montessori and in 2017 I was awarded the Support Staff of the Year award.  You may see me outside helping with the carline because I enjoy getting to know McLaurin's students and their families.