Laura came to Mt. Scott as a part-time office assistant in April 2009. She is now the full-time office manager and is likely the first person to answer the phone at the school, and the person who contacts parents to check on absent students. In addition to reception and attendance duties, Laura maintains student files, tracks meals for our participation in the National School Lunch Program, and performs a miscellany of other tasks, from handing out cough drops and ibuprofen to pulling the alarm for fire drills.
In a previous life, she worked in newspapers, most recently at the Milwaukee (Wisconsin) Journal Sentinel, where she did turns as a copy editor, assistant local news/education editor and assistant copy desk chief. She has also worked at newspapers in California and Arizona, and as an adjunct instructor in journalism at the University of Arizona.
Laura is the mother of two grown children, one of whom graduated from a small, alternative high school in Phoenix. Mt. Scott in many ways reminds Laura of that experience – a school community that feels like a family, where no one falls through the cracks, and where students who have not done well in a traditional setting not only succeed but thrive.