Laura teaches English full-time at Fenwick. Her assignments currently include AP English Literature & Composition III, English III Honors, and Creative Writing. She serves as moderator of Touchstone (the student literary magazine), HOLA (Hispanic Outreach & Latino Awareness), and a Moby-Dick reading group.
Laura and her husband Chris have lived in Oak Park since 2011, which for Laura meant returning to the town where she grew up and where her parents still reside. Laura and Chris have two children, a son and a daughter.
Laura writes poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction. She studied abroad in both Costa Rica and Spain, and she taught Spanish for ten years, including AP Spanish Literature. In her younger days, she coached volleyball and basketball, and rumor has it that she performed unicycle and juggling with a local circus for five years (which just might be true).
B.A. “Fundamentals: Issues and Texts” (literature), The University of Chicago 1998
[This is an interdisciplinary great books program in which students address fundamental human questions through the lens of important literary and philosophical texts. I examined how to live most meaningfully within a context of mortality, with a focus on Hamlet, Moby-Dick, The Iliad, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Immortality, The Brothers Karamazov, and The Stranger. My undergraduate thesis focused on The Brothers Karamazov. Also, at the time, the school did not recognize double-majors (or minors), but I had a secondary concentration in Spanish listed at the bottom of the diploma.]
M.A.T. (with English and Spanish certification), Dominican University 2008
[This is a Master of Arts in Teaching. I received English and Spanish certification for high school and Language Arts/Spanish/Social Studies for middle school.]
M.F.A. Poetry (Fiction minor), The University of Texas at Austin 2011
[This is a terminal degree for fine arts (poetry) and qualifies one to teach at University level, graduate or undergraduate. It was a three-year program with a final thesis comprised of a complete poetry manuscript, collection of three short stories, and craft essay. I had a fiction minor and also completed coursework in creative non-fiction, prosody, and translation.]