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Panda Profile – Laura Cohen

April 9, 2024 by Elizabeth Zitelli (Faculty and Staff)

What is your role? 

Early Elementary General Studies Department Chair

Why do you teach? 

There is no greater joy than spending time with children. Learning alongside students and having the opportunity to be a part of their educational journey is a great gift.

What do you love about MILTON? 

MILTON is an extraordinary place where both students and staff can truly be themselves and feel a strong sense of community. I am continuously amazed at MILTON’s commitment to learning and growing as a school.

Your teaching style in three words? 

Joyful, child-centered, innovative

If you were an animal which animal would you be? Why? 

I would be a chimpanzee because they are social animals and they love to be playful!

Your Hobbies – Pastimes?

Running, gym classes, mahjong, reading, & watching Tottenham & Ravens

Favorite Food – My mom’s matzah ball soup and potato kugel
Favorite Team – Tottenham Hotspurs & Ravens
Favorite BookHarry Potter
Favorite Movie – A League of Their Own
Favorite Place to Travel – London


Tell us about your family (either near or far)

My husband and I have known each other since we were about 6 years old! We have two boys, Miller (8) & Henry (5).

Something you have created or accomplished that you would like to share? 

About two years ago, I created a non-profit organization with some close friends. Moco Mitzvah Moms’ mission is to strengthen our own community and provide support to local families who are grappling with caring for a child in need of prolonged medical care.

Favorite Jewish Blessing or Reading? 

Birkat Yeladim– The Blessing over the Children

Dream trip you have yet to take? 

I am dreaming of taking our sons to Israel on a family trip one day.

Favorite moment at MILTON?

One of my favorite moments at Milton was when some of the 8th grade class of 2023 returned to South Campus to dig up their time capsule. During their Kindergarten year, I was their teacher and we buried special mementos together. We laughed and cried together as we looked back at photos of the students, read letters from their parents and grandparents, and looked back at their art.