Laurie graduated from the University of New Orleans in 1990 with a BA in psychology with a focus on learning. She participated in an international research project that studied how children learn. She completed her MA in social work at Tulane University. She spent several years working with children in various settings. While homeschooling her daughter she discovered her love of teaching. Laurie began including friends’ children in her lessons with her daughter, Sarah. It slowly grew into the current schedule of organized classes. Sarah currently attends college at LSU and plans to apply to LSU School of Veterinary Medicine in the Fall of 2017.