Laurianne Zink became interested in teaching at a very young age while playing school with her younger sister in the family basement. Unknowingly, she was actually the one, through their play, who taught her sister Bethanne how to read! Laurianne grew up in St. Louis and attended Westminster Christian Academy, graduating as Valedictorian in 1998. Following in her parents' footsteps, as both are educators, Laurianne attended the University of Missouri's College of Education and was the COE Student of the Year in 2001, graduating the following year in 2002. Laurianne is currently working on her Master’s Degree in reading at the elementary level at UMSL and is also working towards being certified as a reading specialist. She began her teaching career in the Hazelwood Public School District teaching sixth grade and then third. Laurianne discovered that her true love and all-time favorite grade levels are definitely second and third grades when she came to CDS in 2004 to teach Language Arts. She truly believes there is no better place than CDS, and her second and third graders are her life. Laurianne can't imagine being or doing anything else! Nothing gives her more joy than laughing with them, reading their imaginative fairy tale stories, seeing them become more confident speakers during presentations, and enjoying their humorous poems and delightful creativity. When Laurianne is not at school she enjoys reading, running, being very involved in her church, and spending time with close friends and family. She is an avid Ohio State football fan, as she was born in Ohio, and thoroughly enjoys watching the Buckeyes play during football season with her parents. Laurianne also adopted a rescue cat two years ago and was wisely admonished by a third grade student when asked what she should do about how spoiled she is, "Your first mistake was naming her Princess!" Laurianne thinks she may be on to something! She hopes you come visit the wonderful world of the 2nd and 3rd grades!