She obtained a B.A. in mathematics and an M.A. in secondary education. She has been named Pocahontas County Teacher of the Year and West Virginia High School Math Teacher of the Year. Laurel is passionate about encouraging and enabling our best and brightest to stay in West Virginia and to consider a career in education.
She taught herself to code, along with help from Green Bank Observatory software engineers, and started a computer science and robotics curriculum at the rest of students at rural Pocahontas County High School. As a teacher, she loves helping students to persevere, understand the benefits of making mistakes (in and out of the classroom), develop innovative ideas, and explore all STEM fields.
Outside of school, Laurel enjoys four seasons of outdoor sports in Pocahontas County, as well as yoga, gardening, farming, and spending time with her two young daughters and her husband, Justin.