Director of Curriculum (7-12), Literature (HS)
With roots in the Midwest, Laurie Eickmeier's teaching career began in the public school system in Michigan at Almont High School where she received tenure status. When her husband's job brought her to the Bay Area, Laurie found a home at Pinewood School for the next twenty years. Teaching eighth grade English classes before the high school began, she went on to pick up American Literature and AP English classes as Pinewood's high school flourished. Laurie wrote curriculum, chaired the English Department, scheduled and taught summer school, led Pinewood through its first WASC accreditation process, and directed music for 8th grade graduation. In 2000 Laurie left Pinewood to teach similar college preparatory classes at Woodside Priory School in Portola Valley. Laurie returned to Pinewood in 2005 to serve as curriculum director for grades seven through twelve. Still teaching English classes to juniors, she refuses to give up the classroom, as it is her favorite time of the day. Professional development has been wide and varied over the years, but a few standouts would be attending the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival in New Orleans and taking a poetry and screenwriting class in Prague during the summer of 2012. Living in the Almaden Valley with her husband, German Shepherd and Chocolate Lab, Laurie enjoys antiquing, decorating, reading and traveling. She is a serious vintage quilt and antique teddy bear collector. Laurie Eickmeier holds a B.A. in English from Hillsdale College in Michigan and a Lifetime Teaching Credential from Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan (authorized to teach Grades 7-8 All Subjects and authorized to teach Grades 9-12 English, Music).