Hometown: Castle Rock, WA
Education: Western Washington University - BA French, TESOL Certificate, Post-Bacc ELED Teaching Certificate
Working: Naturalist at Naturalists at Large
This is Laura’s 2nd year with RLT and she is more than thrilled to return to the RLT family! Last summer, Laura had the chance to do 3 sessions of the 5280’ trip where she learned about organic farming, went on an incredible whitewater rafting trip, hiked along the Continental Divide Trail and got licked by Zeab, one of the wolves at Mission: Wolf!
Growing up with Mt. St. Helens in her backyard peaked her interest in the outdoors, geology and the environment. She strived to some day climb one of the Cascades and has been fortunate enough to summit Mt. Adams and Mt. Baker. Her wanderings on group road trips have brought her numerous Junior Park Ranger badges and unforgettable adventures.
Above all, Laura loves empowering others through teaching. In college, Laura mentored 5th and 6th grade students through a program called "Compass 2 Campus" and loved bringing these students on the annual tour of Western Washington University. After finishing her bachelor’s degree, Laura went on to teach English in Guinea and spent a summer in Rwanda, also teaching English. This spring, Laura had the chance to teach environmental education all over California with the national parks as her classroom.
Travel has been a key part of Laura’s education. She is passionate about sharing this gift with RLT participants. She’s learned life-changing lessons from stepping outside of her comfort zone in parts of the world not even mentioned in textbooks. You’ll find she’s passionate about languages, tiny houses, sweet potato fries and everything about the Pacific Northwest.