Laura started growing her knowledge of education after graduating high school. She was a substitute teacher in Montana schools for three years. She gained more knowledge about teaching children through positions as daycare provider and Head Start employee. Eventually, Laura decided to pursue a degree in education at Dickinson State University in North Dakota. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education and a minor in Communications. Her zeal for learning did not stop there. She obtained a Title I Reading and Math credential in 2011, and a Library Media Science minor from Valley City State University in 2014.
After college, Laura accepted a job with Dickinson Public Schools as a Library Paraprofessional, then moved to a Title I teacher position, and then was offered the role of District Library Media Specialist. After ten plus years with Dickinson Public Schools, her family relocated to Pierre for her husband’s employment, and she received a position at the South Dakota State Library as a Children & Youth Services Coordinator. She has served in this role for the past four years. She is now a Learning Specialist, at Statewide Family Engagement Center.
Serving in schools and public libraries for the past fourteen years has prepared her to lead others, and promote positive relationships within the community. She serves as the president of the Rawlins Friends of the Library, a member of PEO, performs with the Pierre Players, and is a mentor in the Teammates mentorship program. Providing lifelong learning opportunities, and inspiring self-sufficiency, as well as, personal growth for individuals is near and dear to her heart. She truly believes a strong community grows opportunity, and provides a safe and secure environment for families to flourish.
She currently resides in Pierre with her husband, Chris and three young adult children. The couple is gradually moving into the life phase of empty-nest, and they enjoy opportunities to travel and golf! Laura also takes pleasure in talking with family and friends on the phone, organizing celebrations, and reading of course.