Laurel received her undergraduate degree in history from UCSB. Thereafter, she attended Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, earning her juris doctor degree. After passing the California Bar Exam, she practiced both criminal and civil law before her passion for history led her to OVS, where she began her teaching career in 1998. Laurel also serves as Assistant Head of School for Academic Affairs, and is the first point of contact for new families navigating the academic side of the high school program. When not in the classroom, Laurel can be found spending time with her husband, Doug, and their children, Parker, Nolan, and Avery.
Favorite place at the Upper Campus
The amphitheater. We’re so lucky to have this outdoor venue for plays, concerts, the Festival of Talent —I love the Festival of Talent! It’s one of my favorite things about OVS.
One thing students don’t know about me
Because they see me indoors, or in the classroom so much, I bet they’d be surprised to know I wakeboard, snow ski, and I once caught a sailfish!
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I also recently read The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. It’s about the French resistance to the Nazis during World War II.
Best part of my job
The people. This is my 19th year. I absolutely love the community, the family feel, getting to know the students, the families, the teachers — nobody gets lost like you would at a big school. I’d say the best part of being an administrator is when I send out the students’ schedules during the summer, and I get emails from all the kids and parents. I really feel connected. By the time they come through orientation, I already know everyone!