Laura Rodriguez did most of her undergraduate work as a double major in History and Spanish at the Universidad de Salamanca, in Salamanca, Spain. While studying in Spain she traveled extensively throughout Europe, taught English to university students and during the summers, she ran the University’s language laboratories. After returning to the United States, she got her Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Sixth Year degrees from Southern Connecticut State University.
While teaching at Cromwell High School for 23 years, Laura had many opportunities to travel and experience a variety of cultures. She annually led student groups to Spain, Puerto Rico and/or Mexico. During these years Laura was also awarded a Rockefeller Scholarship and a Fulbright grant to travel and study in Mexico. On two occasions she packed up her family and spent the entire summer in the Yucatan peninsula studying the Mayan calendar or in Mexico City teaching at technical high schools. During this time, Laura was also named Teacher of the Year by the 21st Century Publishing Corporation. She was proud to be the vice president of the Cromwell Education Association for her last five years in Cromwell.
Laura’s desire had always been to teach in the Hamden School System and she came back to the high school in 2001 to teach Spanish for one year and then went on to become the Director of ESL and World Languages. She directed programs that have opened up the world for the students of Hamden. She received another Fulbright grant and hosted an administrator from Argentina who organized a pen pal exchange. Laura traveled to China with a delegation from the State of Connecticut to form a teacher/student exchange program that began in 2008. She embarked on a new adventure as Assistant Principal of Hamden High in 2007 and as an alumna, is thrilled to be able to have come full circle in her educational experiences in Hamden.