Growing up in a converted one-room school house in Clinton, Michigan, Laura moved to the Grand Rapids to attend Grand Valley State University. In her time at GVSU, she participated in the Laker Drumline, met her husband (who is also a percussionist), and graduated with a degree in education. Laura is currently a teacher for Kentwood Public Schools, teaching technology as well as environmental stewardship through the local organization, Groundswell. Laura has also combined her love of percussion and education by working with a number of area schools as a drumline instructor. When not teaching, she enjoys reading, gardening, brewing, and cuddling with her adorable cats, Wilfred and Panda Bear.