A very part-time music teaching position at a small charter school launched Laura's teaching career, and she has been enraptured with education ever since. She has a master's degree in English: Teaching English as a Second Language, and after teaching music and English at a project-based charter school for four years, teaching Composition 101 at Minnesota State University, Mankato for a year, and working in the Writing Center at Gustavus Adolphus College for a year, Laura spent ten years teaching English to multilingual students at Shattuck-St. Mary's School. Laura completed her administrative licensure through the University of Minnesota in 2017, and joined the Arcadia staff as the Executive Director in 2019. Her research interests revolve around progressive, project-based, and experiential education; literacy and teaching writing; and bilingual education and translanguaging. She loves Arcadia's mission of preparing students to transition intellectually, emotionally, and ethically to higher education, future employment, and engaged citizenship. When not at school, she can be found spending time with her family, reading a book, canoeing a river, or on the zipline platform, facilitating groups at the S-SM ropes course.