Laura grew up in Jackson and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Millsaps College. She and her husband, Charles, have two children, Lucy and Charles, who are both alumni of FPDS. They attend First Presbyterian Church, Jackson. She previously taught preschool and fourth grade at local schools and in Bryan and Navasota, Texas. Laura worked at FPDS as a permanent sub for eight years and returned to the faculty in 2012.