Laura grew up in Minnesota and has lived near water for as long as she can remember. She is a proud graduate of St. Paul Central High School and Macalester College, where she majored in English and Education. After completing school, Laura began full-time youth work supporting middle school students with special education needs. Laura's favorite part of leading trips with WI is witnessing the excitement and joy of participants when they have a positive outdoor experience (especially when it's for the FIRST TIME!). When not leading trips, Laura loves to swim, read poems, bike everywhere, and hang out on her front porch.