Laurie McIntosh

Kindergarten Teacher | Blogger | Author of Teachers These Days

Some of the best lessons are taught in the moments between literacy and numeracy. This golden Storyteller, light bringer, and dreamer Laurie McIntosh is a Mama, teacher and author who uses her own personal trauma and triumph to forge new paths and build community connections. As a  mental health warrior and advocate, a woman who has experienced loss and abuse and as well as a believer in the process of healing journeys for all, she can speak to parents (especially fellow mamas!), community members and teachers alike. 


With the stories she held writing Teachers These Days with Dr. Jody Carrington and her two appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Laurie strives to bring all humans together in a community and to define and exemplify what connection and community truly mean. Golden moments based on kindness, connection, and community are the moments Laurie lives for. With compassion and thoughtfulness, Laurie has an incredible way of acknowledging the accomplishments of those around her and in her community and affirms them as they journey on their paths, cheering them on as they use connection and relationships to revolutionize their lives.

Find Laurie’s bestselling book, Teachers These Days, on Amazon!


'Teachers These Days'

Take a closer look at the strategies, stories and definitions of “success” that inspire and connect us in our community as ‘Teachers These Days’.


Based on the bestselling book ‘Teachers These Days’ by Laurie McIntosh and Dr. Jody Carrington,  Laurie will hold conversations around all six chapters of her co-authored book, highlighting the research, stories and strategies in each section that make a difference in our school communities.  Whether you have already read the book or have it in your “to be read” pile, Laurie can guide educators through the vocabulary and impact of lid flips, light-ups, emotional regulation, trauma and grief.


We will gently invite participants to examine their own practice and reflect on what it means to be a  teacher these days and share stories and strategies along the way, as highlighted in the book.  By acknowledging the challenges of education, allowing participants to reflect and celebrating the joys already occurring within our buildings and classrooms, Teachers These Days will no doubt leave your audience feeling affirmed and valued in all they bring to the table. Teachers can expect to leave with strategies especially surrounding lid flips, light ups and emotional regulation of ourselves and our learners.

A Teacher’s Legacy: What brought us here, and where are we going?

Based on the bestselling book ‘Teachers These Days’ by Laurie McIntosh and Dr. Jody Carrington,  Laurie will hold a discussion and reflection around what we have been taught is a “good” teacher.  We will examine in depth the stories we have been told about what makes a successful teacher,  what elements within our teacher culture need to change and spend time discussing safe places to land in these trying times. This session is all about the connection. Teachers can expect to leave with strategies especially surrounding connection to themselves, their school community, their learners and the families they serve.


What people will remember most about you, your legacy will have so much more to do with a felt sense than it ever will with words or numbers. It will remind our teachers that their job is to shine the incredible light that brought them into this profession in the first place. It will remind them that whatever you got on any given day is (more than) enough, which is something all teachers deserve to hear right now.

Why Kindness?

We will be examining definitions of kindness and how “helpers high” (a term coined by Stuart  Shanker) can bring us closer together in a classroom, in our communities and in our staff rooms. Based on Laurie’s two appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, we will deeply examine what is  means to be seen, heard and acknowledged with kindness in our communities.


Led by Laurie McIntosh, we will be examining definitions of kindness and  how “helpers high” can bring us closer together in a classroom, in our communities and in our staff  rooms. Infused with strategies and activity ideas surrounding connection to be used in our schools,  we will dive into why kindness matters now more than ever.


Now, more than ever, kindness is key to connection and relationships with our learners, colleagues  and ourselves. Learn strategies and practices to infuse kindness into every day.

Trauma and Triumph: How Our Own Personal Stories Affect Teachers in the Classroom

Our own stories and journeys of triumph and trauma affect all we do and how we show up in our  classrooms. This session will focus on reflection, stories and affirmation as we discuss the need to  acknowledge our real and valid feelings in this “heart work”. From loss to trauma to relationships, we  will look at how it all comes together in our identity as an educator and how YOU are more than  enough.

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