Laura Modali » About Ms.Modali

About Ms.Modali

I am Ms. Modali. I teach STEM to K-5 students here at WCES. I am originally from Indonesia but I moved to the USA in 2017 to marry my husband Tanner Gwaltney. Since got married, I have been learning about many new and different things and enjoying living here in Cleveland, TN with my husband, daughter and two dogs—I think Cleveland,TN is my home now.
When I am not teaching nor studying, I like putting together legos, robotics and coding, building and creating things. I am skillful in gardening, cooking, singing and playing acoustic guitar as well. 

I graduated with B.A in Physics Education from Manado State University (UNIMA) in Indonesia in 2010. I have been teaching Physics, Mathematics and Science subjects to high and middle school students in Indonesia and Malaysia for several years until I moved to the States. Currently, I am studying Master of Arts in Teaching at Liberty University and Master of Science in Physics at Texas A&M University-Commerce.
Waterville Community Elementary School is the first school I teach in the States—2021-2022 school year is my second year of teaching in this school. The teaching and learning environment is very supportive and loving. This school is a wonderful place for teachers to teach and for students to learn.

  • Society of  Physics Students (SPS)
  • International Honor Society in Education (KDP)
  • National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
  • American Association of Physics Teacher (AAPT)
  • International Teaching Fellowship (LRTT-Inspiring Teachers) 
  • Writer & recipient ($5000) of TSIN-TVA Classroom grant 2021-2022, project title: Building A Strong Future in the STEM Laboratory.
  • Co-writer & recipient ($5000) of BCPEF grant 2021-2022, project title: Learning Strong with Hands-On! 
  • Writer & recipient ($600) of Donor Choose Classroom grant 2021-2022, project title: My First Memories in the STEM Lab.