Laura has loved children since she was a child herself and has enjoyed teaching children of all ages – preschool through eighth grade. Born and raised in Austin, Texas, by beloved Christian parents of five, she benefitted from a solid biblical foundation before she left home to attend Baylor University and later graduate from the University of Texas at Austin (Hook ’em Horns!).
Upon graduating college, she launched an active sportswear clothing line that she sold to upper end sportswear stores and pro shops. Several years later, as she considered what it would require to continue expanding her business, she began sensing God calling her to teach. Ultimately, she made the decision to return to U.T. and earn her teacher’s certification in English and speech. At the same time, she worked in development for Austin’s public television station and as a tutor for the University of Texas in men’s athletics.
Soon after she completed her certification, Laura heard from a friend about a new kind of school he and a group of couples were planning to open the following fall. She said she had never felt a stronger call on her life than the one to join that classical Christian school, Regents School of Austin (RSA), as a teacher in 1992. Laura worked at Regents for eight years, teaching first and second grades, sixth – eighth humanities, and seventh grade language arts.
She went on to marry her devoted husband, Doug, have two boys, now 15 and 17, serve on the RSA board, send her boys to RSA (with a lovely but brief stint of homeschooling) and, more recently, join Wilson Hill Academy as Director of Marketing and Communications. Laura has appreciated the opportunity to work again with Nancy and Bob Donaldson and is thrilled to return to the classroom where she looks forward to loving her students, pointing them to Christ and learning together about the beautiful gift of and responsibility for God’s Word and the language He has given us. With her students’ help, she aims to make their adventures in writing delightful!
In her spare moments, Laura enjoys spending time with family, designing interiors and landscapes, gardening, travel adventures, hiking and reading.