Born and raised in West Virginia, Laura graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley, WV, in 2003 and from Marshall University in 2006 with a B.A. in Elementary Education. She relocated to Rock Hill, SC, in June of 2007 to fulfill a teaching job at Chester Park Elementary School of Arts, a public arts school. While teaching there she developed a curriculum that integrated dance and creative movement with science and math content. While teaching at Chester Park, Laura wrote and received a grant to provide free dance instruction for low income children before and after school and taught over 130 students in this program weekly. Laura also continued her education during her time in South Carolina. She earned her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction: Integrated Teaching through the Arts and also completed coursework from Winthrop University in dance technique, dance history, and dance education.
Laura was thrilled to return to Beckley in 2010 and to continue her work in arts integration in Raleigh and Fayette Counties. She worked as part of the West Virginia Department of Education’s Elementary Dance Pilot Project, and her arts integration residency at Stanaford Elementary School was hailed by the West Virginia Commission on the Arts as an exemplary model for the Arts in Education grant program. She also continued her education through Dance Masters of America in New York. In 2016, she completed the 4 year DMA Teacher Training School and graduated from the program by passing examinations in ballet, tap, jazz, and modern.
Laura began teaching dance classes one night each week at the School of Harmony in Beaver, WV, in August 2012. Rapid growth of the program resulted in her forming Rhythms of Grace, LLC, in Spring 2015, and moving to a new, larger studio space on Ragland Road in Beckley in August 2017. Laura feels blessed to be able to minister through dance as the owner and director of Rhythms of Grace. She and her husband, Andrew, have been happily married since the fall of 2017. They reside in Beckley with their fur baby, Kona.