Laura Hutton

Associate Professor

Teacher Education


Prior to coming to Harford, Laura taught children with and without disabilities from preschool through eighth grade.  She has a passion for culturally responsive practices, developmentally appropriate instruction, trauma-informed practices, and family involvement.  Laura believes that children learn better when they have positive relationships with their teachers and when the curriculum relates to their everyday lives.


  • BA, Elementary Education, Notre Dame of Maryland University
  • MS, Special Education, Johns Hopkins University

Research Interests

  • reducing preschool expulsion rates
  • improving the success of diverse students

Scholarly/Creative Work

Hutton, L. (TBD). Improving the behavior of children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Teaching Exceptional Children (accepted for publication).

Hutton, L. (2019) Universal design for learning in a developmentally appropriate classroom [Open Educational Resource]. Maryland Open Source Textbook Commons.

Hutton, L. (2019). Working with parents. Fostering Families Today, 18(6), 34-35.

Hutton, L. (2018). Understanding parents, creating birth family connections. Fostering Families Today, 18(4), 54-56.

Hutton, L. (2010). Living with fetal alcohol syndrome. Fostering Families Today, 10(4).

Hutton, L. (2008). Accomplishing effective individualized education programs (IEP) meetings. Exceptional Parent Global Communications [online publication].

Courses Taught

  • EDUC100
  • EDUC101
  • EDUC109
  • EDUC210
  • EDUC217


  • Early Childhood Education AAS
  • Paraeducation AAS
  • Teacher Education Transfer degrees