BA, Anthropology, University of Georgia
MA, Latin American Studies, University of Florida
Growing up in Atlanta on a steady diet of Gilbert and Sullivan, Laura became a budding archaeologist when a teacher introduced her to Pre-Columbian civilizations. Captivated by Mayan, Aztec, and Toltec societies, Laura developed a fascination that compelled her to study anthropology in college and participate in excavating a site where the Hohokam, a prehistoric, yet highly sophisticated Native American community, had lived. Her undergraduate studies led her to focus on Latin culture. After living with a family in Bogota, Columbia, and working as a cultural liaison for forty exchange students from the University of Florida, Laura decided to pursue an academic career.
With more than 25 years’ experience, Laura is an accomplished and respected professional. She taught Spanish at Notre Dame High School for eight years before she began a seventeen-year tenure teaching Spanish at Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences (CSAS). While teaching at CSAS, the Public Education Foundation acknowledged her efforts by funding three proposals she submitted.
At St. Peter’s, Laura teaches Spanish to kindergarten through fifth grade. Innovatively intelligent, Laura designed an educational game to help teach foreign language to young children. Based on the television game show Jeopardy, Laura’s game is currently sold through an online marketing company, Calex.
Laura and her husband, David, live in Chattanooga. She spends her free time traveling, cooking, gardening, and creating and collecting art.