Laura’s passion for working within the education field began as a young girl in her mother’s kindergarten classroom and has grown with each new experience, both professionally and personally. She gained acceptance to attend Wake Forest University for her undergraduate degree and graduated in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. As Laura progressed through her first few years as a classroom teacher, she discovered that her core passion extended into the field of instructional design. Taking the next step after gaining several rewarding years of experience as a classroom teacher, Laura applied for the Instructional Technology and Design graduate program through East Carolina University and received her Masters of Science with a certification for distance education in 2015.
Laura challenges herself daily to be a stakeholder for the education of tomorrow, providing teachers with more effective instructional practice and additionally, contributing to their love and further pursuit of education. It was with this devotion to her career that Laura decided to pursue a doctoral degree in Learning Design and Technology with North Carolina State University, to be completed in the fall of 2021. Extending her knowledge and expertise in learning theories and processes, emerging technology, and methodology in conducting research will provide her with the opportunity to impact critical issues within the educational system.
Why DEI? Diversity among learners in education directly impacts their performance. Studies have shown that learners work better in a diverse environment, enabling them to push themselves further when there are people of other backgrounds working alongside them. The importance of diversity in a classroom can be transferred to the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace – DEI promotes growth and reflection, fosters a sense of empathy, supports mindfulness, and brings about open-mindedness and new perspectives.