Laura earned her Master of Science degree in elementary education with a specialization in reading education and her Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education at the University of Houston–Clear Lake (UHCL). She has 30+ years as a professional educator. Laura started her career as an elementary classroom teacher and often worked privately with students needing additional academic assistance, especially in the language arts area. In addition, Laura worked as a parent educator conducting home visits with families of diverse backgrounds, some teen parents, and various socio-economic levels who had children from birth to five years old. Laura work from a strength-based model as she supported families in their roles as their child’s “best teacher”. She individualized instruction and strived to assist the families to recognize their strengths as they used new literacy strategies to help with their child’s learning. She later taught as an adjunct professor for UHCL in undergraduate literacy courses for pre-service teachers, which kept her abreast of current research-based instruction. At LaPorte ISD, Laura was named District Elementary Teacher of the Year.