Award Year: 2021

Mt. Laurel Elementary School

1 Jefferson Place
Birmingham, AL, 35242-6669

(205) 682-7230

Ms. Celita Carmichael, Principal at time of Nomination

Shelby County School District

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To Make Every Student a Graduate and Every Graduate Prepared.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 8%
  • White: 82%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Asian: 5%
  • Native American: 1%
MLES Learners Growing Together to Positively Impact Our World

MLES Learners Growing Together to Positively Impact Our World

Mt Laurel Elementary School's motto is "It's All About the Kids: Every Day, Every Decision, Students First." MLES strives to provide students with a safe, nurturing environment in which to learn. Our number one goal is to build relationships with students at the beginning of the school year. Throughout the year, teachers regularly incorporate five minute meetings with every student to allow them to share their thoughts which develops a strong rapport.

The MLES House Program was implemented to allow students across grade levels to collaborate with each other and staff members on meaningful community projects. Each teacher, staff member, and student is assigned to one of five Houses. The House names are Honestidad (Honesty in Spanish), Rispetto (Respect in Italian), Amable (Friendly in Spanish), Magtiyaga (Persevere in Filipino) and Uaminifu (Loyalty in Swahili). The House names represent qualities that we all strive to exemplify. The House program has been a wonderful way to implement social and emotional learning activities.

MLES parents are an integral part of the Mt Laurel family. They provide our school with the tools to enhance student learning such as 1:1 Chromebooks and a Genius Lab where students participate in STREAM hands-on activities and experiments.

MLES teachers participate in job-embedded Professional Learning Communities where they analyze student data and discuss the student behind the data. Our teachers share successful strategies and activities, and faculty and staff work collaboratively to help students achieve success. Students know that their teachers truly love and support them.