Linda Creighton, Principal of Laurel Elementary School
Linda Creighton is an innovative, forthright, and compassionate educational leader focused on making every day meaningful for students, teachers, and the full school community. One of her most recent impacts on the Menlo Park City School District was leading the expansion of Laurel School’s educational program from a K-3 school of 540 students on one campus to a K-5 school of 710 students across two campuses.
During Laurel’s expansion, Linda applied a design thinking protocol to drive the creation of a new school vision. Linda and her core team empathized with key stakeholder groups, and teachers prototyped three educational models in classrooms, across grade levels. As a result, the team selected Project Based Learning (PBL) as the ideal educational model for Laurel School. PBL was well matched to catalyze Laurel’s new vision of confident students, passionate teachers, and an involved community.
Laurel School’s Upper Campus for third through fifth graders in the Willows Neighborhood of Menlo Park opened in the Fall 2016. Linda worked closely with the architecture and design team to create educational spaces and environments that promote teacher collaboration and student-centered learning environments.
A California native, Linda grew up attending California public schools, then continued her education at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She began teaching as an English Language Development teacher in the Cupertino Union School District. After four years of teaching in CUSD, Linda went on to attain her Masters in Education from Humboldt State University. She then joined the Menlo Park City School District as a teacher and after four years in the classroom in MPCSD, she filled the Vice Principal, then Principal role at Laurel School.
Getting to know Linda, one quickly learns that she has a tenacious drive to create an equity-centered environment and educational program in which every student grows skills and personal qualities for lifelong success.
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