Ms. Vidt


Dear Sierra Vista families,

My name is Laurie Vidt and I am excited to be the elementary resource teacher at Sierra Vista K-8 School. I earned my bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida Tampa.  I also earned my master’s in Special Education with an emphasis in Autism from Touro University in Vallejo. The 2022–2023 school year will mark my 15th. 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 when my daughter was younger) and elementary/middle up to 7th. grade. I love working with students of all abilities. 


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. 


 In my free time, I enjoy working with my dogs. I have also been working as a volunteer with the Guide Dogs for the Blind for over 20 years training puppies. I often have a guide puppy in training in my classroom. In the past 9 years, I've worked with a therapy dog, Elko, and have seen amazing bonds between students and dogs. And now I have a new therapy dog here at Sierra Vista name Koel.  She has been here at the school for 1 year and is doing amazing work with the students.  I also love outside activities including swimming and gardening, especially growing and sharing my succulents’ collections.  I also love visiting my daughter Courtney who is a Major in the USAF and flies C-17’s in Tacoma WA. We both love exploring the North West. I am also 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.  We should be opening this wonderful park in the fall of 2022.


Go Grizzlies!

Ms. Laurie Vidt

Email: [email protected]

Ms. Laurie Vidt   University of South Florida  Touro

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