Laurie has a Master’s Degree plus 32 additional hours in Elementary Education and Early Childhood. She has been teaching for 31 years and as an educator, she hopes to instill in all her students a love for learning, especially reading. Building students’ confidence, learning new strategies to help her students be successful, and encouraging them to keep striving to reach their goals is a passion of hers. She has taught grades kindergarten through second, was the first and second-grade team leader for her district, and has been a part of many curriculum writing teams throughout her teaching career. Laurie enjoys watching her son play baseball, spending time with her family, watching movies, and vacationing at the beach.