Ms. Vidt


Dear Sierra Vista families,

My name is Laurie Vidt and I am the elementary resource teacher at Sierra Vista K-8 School. I love working at Sierra Vista for the past 7 years. I earned my bachelor of psychology degree from the University of South Florida Tampa.  I  earned my teaching credential and master’s in Special Education with an emphasis in Autism from Touro University in Vallejo. The 2023–2024 school year will mark my 16th. year as a Special-Education teacher. Previous to that I was an Early Mental Health specialist for the Fairfield Suisun district. My love for teaching and helping children has led me to teach all ages; preschool (16 years) and elementary/middle up to 7th. grade. I love working with students of all abilities searching out and finding their super powers. 

As a Resource teacher, I know all of our students at Sierra Vista with IEP's and make sure that the needs of each individual student are met according to their IEP.  I enjoy collaborating with students and staff to create a safe and exciting learning environment for all students to thrive. My goal is to have a classroom where everyone can reach their personal goals, succeeding in growth-minded learning in a safe and respectful environment. I continue to be excited about working in a K-8 school environment.

My fellow colleagues voted me teacher of the year 2017-18. This honor just serves to fuel my passion for teaching and being a part of this awesome team here at Sierra Vista. In 2019, I was recognized by SCOE for outstanding service to individuals with special needs. 

 I enjoy working and training my dogs. I have been blessed to be able to share my two therapy dogs Elko and Koel with students and staff here at Sierra Vista K8. In the past 9 years, I've worked with a therapy dog, Elko, and have seen amazing bonds between students and dogs. Now,  I have a new therapy dog here at Sierra Vista named Koel.  She has been here at the school for 2 years and is doing amazing work with the students. The dog helps all of us feel better keeping our mental health in check. Students love to read to her because there is no judgment.  I have been working as a volunteer with the Guide Dogs for the Blind for over 22 years training puppies. I often have a guide puppy in training in my classroom..  I also love outside activities including swimming and gardening, especially growing and sharing my succulents’ collections.  I love visiting my daughter Courtney who is a Major in the USAF. We both love exploring new areas. For the past 8 years I have been a part of the Play4All park planning committee.  This is a park for all children, especially those with special needs.  The park is located near the corner of Leisure Town and Elmira Rd.

I’m looking forward to a wonderful year at Sierra Vista, Go Grizzlies!

Ms. Laurie Vidt

Email: [email protected]

Ms. Laurie Vidt   University of South Florida  Touro

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