Laura Pereira

Art Specialist
Headshot Laura Pereira

Laura has been the art specialist at FSMN since 2008. Before taking on the art specialist position full time, Laura also spent three years as a part-time teaching assistant in kindergarten.

She has a B.A. in Art History from Lawrence University, and an M.Ed. in Art Education from the University of Minnesota.  Laura is a licensed Minnesota K-12 art teacher.

Prior to working at FSMN, Laura taught in a variety of educational settings with students ranging in age from pre-school to adults, in urban, rural, and suburban schools. She has also worked as the Curriculum Specialist at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and as a contract artist for several local arts organizations.

In addition to teaching art, Laura is also a practicing artist, specializing in mixed media painting, collage, and materials re-use.  She also enjoys walking in the woods, gardening, and travelling with her husband and two children, both of whom are Friends School of Minnesota alumni. 

 “One thing, among many, that I love about FSMN is the creativity of all the staff. I feel lucky to have found a home where people work together and have a true sense of integrity.  I delight in sharing my own artistic process with these amazing children and hope that they will find as much joy in making art as I have.”