Laura returns to lead the first grade Black Bear class this year. She graduated from Wake Forest in 2015 and came back to her hometown to earn her Masters in Reading from UVA. Laura spent three years teaching in Albemarle County, where she was an admired first and second grade teacher and a reading specialist. Laura started a Chicken Club at her previous school and hopes to bring chickens to CDS. Laura is passionate about the outdoors and strives to help students understand the importance of taking care of our environment. In her free time, Laura enjoys running, cheering on the Hoos (and Deacs), hiking, and cooking.