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History Teacher, 25 House Adjunct Dorm Parent, Assistant Girls Varsity Basketball Coach, Assistant Swim Coach
BA, University of California, San Diego
MA, University of California, Santa Barbara
PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara
After studying Irish history in Dublin, Ireland and graduating from the University of California at San Diego where she played collegiate basketball, Laura received her doctorate in history from the University of California at Santa Barbara. While completing her PhD, she taught a range of undergraduate courses in gender and women’s history, U.S. history, world history, Black Studies, and writing. Most recently, she served as the Public History Fellow at UC Santa Barbara. It was through her research and teaching at the university level that Laura discovered her passion for sharing with students the compelling and often-forgotten stories of the past. She loves incorporating primary sources and archival materials in daily class activities with the intention of empowering students to form their own informed historical interpretations. At Cate, Laura teaches U.S. and world history, coaches the girls varsity basketball and swim teams, and is an adjunct dorm parent in '25 House.
In her free time, Laura enjoys traveling, hiking, camping, trips to the beach, working out, playing basketball, and walks with her dogs. She lives in Montecito with her husband, Casey, and their two golden retrievers, Gracie and Charlie.