Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. Journalism - Penn State University M.S. Communication Studies - Shippensburg University English and Social Science Certification - East Stroudsburg University

Mr. Damon Laabs

A native of Pennsylvania, I grew up in the Poconos and spent my summers working and relaxing on Lake Wallenpaupack – a big tourist destination when the weather gets warm. The upcoming school year will be my tenth year teaching English.

I earned my bachelor’s degree in journalism from Penn State University, my master’s degree in communication from Shippensburg University, and my teaching certifications from East Stroudsburg University. Although I definitely have a lot of options on Saturdays for cheering on my different college teams, I consider myself a Nittany Lion first and foremost. Go Lions!

I enjoy teaching because I play a direct role in changing students’ lives for the better on a daily basis. That is one of the most rewarding aspects of education – being able to further enhance a child’s learning to better him or herself. That being said, I am excited to work with students, parents, and faculty to provide a nurturing learning environment for all at Trailside Middle School.

I am a huge baseball junkie and love listening to a game on the radio whenever I get a chance. In addition to baseball, I love to read anything and everything. My Kindle is never too far away. I am a Pennsylvania transplant, but after living and working in the area for the past nine years, I feel like Northern Virginia is home. Go Timber Wolves!!!