Louis De Lauro
MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER / SOCIAL STUDIES
I am thrilled to join the Cedar Hill Prep community as a Middle School Social Studies Teacher! During my 25-year public school career in Dunellen, Hopewell, and Trenton, I taught Middle School Social Studies, Language Arts, Technology, and Gifted and Talented Education. It was during that time that I was honored as Teacher of the Year for my school by the state of NJ and won an Outstanding Educator’s Award from TCNJ. I am the founder and president of the boutique charity, Juggling Life. This charity directs shows and workshops for ill children. In 2008, the Star-Ledger honored me as an I am New Jersey Stand-Out for my teaching and charity work. I am also a Chicken Soup for the Soul author and an inspirational blogger.
My chess coaching career has been very exciting and rewarding. In Dunellen, my chess teams won three Middle School state championships and one Elementary School championship. Growing up in the Princeton area, I studied under Chess Master George Soules. I am connected to many wonderful chess instructors and hope to bring a competitive chess program to CHP.
At Rider University, I was an American Studies major. I have a deep love for History, Geography, Writing, and Civics. To motivate and challenge the students, my methodology for teaching Social Studies incorporates project-based learning, technology integration, and writing.
Grade 4 Student Pranavi at the United Nations! Peace Day celebrations took place at the United Nations Headquarters on Friday, September 20th. CHP 4th grader, Pranavi Sivakumar, had an opportunity to participate in this International Day of Peace Student Observance. This memorable experience for Pranavi is best described in her own words: “We waited in line for almost three hours. When we finally were able to sit down inside the U.N., we listened to many speeches about climate change. I also met my dance teacher there. She performed very nicely. I was paying close attention. I was the most excited person in my life!”
The Multiple Advantages of a Multilingual CurriculumThere have been a number of studies in recent years that suggest people who speak more than one language are in fact more intelligent. An article written by the New York Times highlights that learning multiple languages could improve cognitive skills beyond those related to language, which is a considerably different viewpoint than previously thought.