My name is Laurie Bakes-Gleissner, and I teach eighth grade language arts and literature, as well as seventh grade literature. My Catholic schooling began at Christ the King School in Denver, and I went on to graduate from Manual High School. Nativity reminds me so much of my formative years at Christ the King that were so important to my growth — it is one of the reasons I chose to teach here. I have also taught 10th grade English, journalism, world history, and geography.
My bachelor’s degree is from Metropolitan State University, where I was also a scholarship soccer player. I received my master’s from the Naropa University in Boulder. In the summer of 2017, I was one of only 20 educators selected for the US Holocaust Memorial Museum Teacher Fellowship Program. I spent an inspiring week in Washington D.C. studying and expanding my teaching resources. On a personal level, the experience has inspired me to create a student research project promoting compassion and rigorous scholarship that is relevant to today’s world.
In addition to teaching, I coach soccer and play camogie (a traditional Irish sport similar to hurling). My husband, Chris, and I enjoy hiking, camping, and the occasional 5K or 10K. We are also avid gardeners and every year we improve our canning skills in order to extend our delicious summer memories. I am very excited to be a part of the Nativity family!