Building positive relationships with students and helping them succeed has always been Laura's passion. In education, she has the opportunity to do this every day. Laura was born and raised outside of Fairfield, IA on a farm. She graduated from Fairfield High School in 2003 and attended Central College in Pella, IA. While at Central, Laura played volleyball her first year and softball for four years. She graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in Social Science. After graduating, Laura moved to High Point, North Carolina and had the opportunity to teach at Hanes Magnet School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She taught social studies to 6th and 7th grade students and coached volleyball. While working, she completed her master's degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Iowa. After three years, Laura moved back to Fairfield, IA and taught one year of U.S. History, American Themes, Psychology, and Sociology at FHS. She has been the principal at the Fairfield Middle School since 2011. She is passionate about helping students be successful and valued.