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A day in the life of Ms. Klingensmith

October 31, 2017

Ms. Klingensmith at her son's wedding in March. (The Weber School/Laura Klingensmith)

Ms. Klingensmith at her son's wedding in March. (The Weber School/Laura Klingensmith)

Ms. Klingensmith is a familiar face to many students, yet not many know that much about her day. To see how much you know, fill out the Mad-Libs below or take the quiz below before reading through her daily activities. 

Laura Klingensmith works for Weber as the _____________. She has been in education for ______ years, and worked at the College Board for _____ years. She has worked for Weber for _____ years. She is a ______ cancer survivor. She has two sons named ______ and ______. She is the youngest of ______ girls in her family. During her time at Weber, Ms. Klingensmith has ___________________. Ms. Klingensmith enjoys ___________________ during her free time. She has _____ cats named _____________.

Horseback riding in Colorado – camped for 8 days! (Nick LeCren)

Ms. Klingensmith’s four cats. (The Weber School/Laura Klingensmith)

A piece of jewelry made by Ms. Klingensmith. (The Weber School/Laura Klingensmith)

Ms. Klingensmith and her sons, Cameron and Taylor, at Taylor’s wedding in March. (Brandi Sisson Photography/Brandi Sisson)

A picture Ms. Klingensmith took while camping in Colorado. (The Weber School/Laura Klingensmith)

Ms. Klingensmith and her Odyssey of the Mind Team along with their Buddy Team from Hong Kong at 2014 World Finals. (Lyniece Glover)

Laura Klingensmith works for Weber as the Executive Assistant. She has been in education for 22 years, and worked at the College Board for five years. She has worked for Weber for four years. She is a breast cancer survivor. She has two sons named Taylor and Cameron. She is the youngest of four girls in her family. During her time at Weber, Ms. Klingensmith has met many great students, coached Odyssey of the Mind, coached the Rube Goldberg Team, been a chaperone on class trips and Shabbaton and gained new knowledge in many areas. Ms. Klingensmith enjoys hiking, camping, photography, making jewelry and reading during her free time. She has four cats named Cali, Noomi, Brutus and Pepper.

 

Here is a rundown of a day in the life of Ms. Klingensmith:

  1. On a normal day, Ms. Klingensmith wakes up at four o’clock in the morning and feeds her cats. She likes to prepare for her day by starting out in her kitchen with coffee and either do lunch or dinner prep. Then, she works out or walks and gets ready for school. She usually leaves her house around six o’clock, after checking her Weber email.
  2. After her hour-long drive, she will check her email again to see if there are any emergency sub needs. She gets approximately 150 to 200 emails a day, which could be anything from meeting requests for teachers, parents or students, to professional development requests, purchasing requests or messages for Rabbi Harwitz and Ms. Van Dyke.
  3. She will stay in her office for the majority of the day to make sure she is available for Rabbi Harwitz, Ms. Van Dyke, teachers or students.
  4. She will send out permissions for upcoming field trips. Today, October 27th, she has five upcoming field trips on her agenda. Then she will go over her purchasing document to make sure everything is in order.
  5. Ms. Klingensmith also creates contracts for Weber’s faculty and coaches. Today, she prepared contracts for the basketball coaches for the upcoming season. She also keeps up with parent group meetings and other things of relating manner.
  6. She always keeps her to do list on her desk throughout the day to make sure she stays on task.
  7. Finally, after a very busy day, Ms. Klingensmith will leave school around five o’clock.
  8. When she goes home, she likes to be productive. She will feed her cats again. Then she will check her vegetables to see if anything new is ready and make dinner for Nick and herself. Lastly, she will either make jewelry, make changes to her website, or watch her favorite show, Survivor. Readers can find out more about her jewelry at www.virtualblissdesigns.com.

 

Conferring with Ms. Shelton and Ms. Singleton. (The RamPage/Ariel Arbiv)

Bringing a student in to meet with Ms. Van Dyke. (The RamPage/Ariel Arbiv)

Scanning documents for payment. (The RamPage/Ariel Arbiv)

Checking emails. (The RamPage/Ariel Arbiv)

Preparing sub plans for a substitute teacher. (The RamPage/Ariel Arbiv)

 

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