About Me

Hey there. I'm Laura. I am a twenty-something, second-year teacher. I teach 4th & 5th grade and love working in my classroom. When I'm not in my room or crafting for my room, I love spending time with my two puppies, my lovely husband, and my family. I am currently working on my Masters in Education in Educational Inquiry.


I was also featured in a local paper. You can find the article here.


Here are some facts about me:


1. I love puppy cuddles. Cuddling on the couch with my two girls is something I look forward to every weekend. I think that they look forward to this as much (if not more) than I do.
















I love watching Chloe watch TV. She will spend hours watching it if I let her. I'm not sure why she loves what she does, but it sure is funny!


2. I adore my Miata and take way too many pictures of this car. My husband call her Mimi the Miata (she is a 1995 M-edition Mazda Miata).We purchased this beauty with just over 30,000 miles on it in May 2014. It was one of the best purchases ever.  My husband and I enjoy taking her out for a spin and putting the top down on any days where the sun is shining. 




3. I take WAY TOO MANY selfies. If you were to check out my Instagram page (@teaching_from_beyond_thedesk) you would see that I take daily pictures of what I'm wearing. I love being able to look back through pictures and remember what I was doing.  I guess you could say that it is my form of journaling and a guilty pleasure of mine. Say what you will, I have no intention of stopping now. :)





 4. I love my husband, Christopher. He is the best. I can always count on him to help with any project, be silly with me, put up with my need to take pictures and record everything. He is my best friend and an overall wonderful person. I am amazed by his intelligence, compassion, and kind heart on a daily basis. We were married on November 17, 2008 and life has only gotten better since that date.


One of my favorite photos from our 5-year wedding anniversary photo shoot with Joleen Willis.


Another photo shoot favorite.




And another...



5. I love my family. I am so thankful that I get to spend time with my parents on a regular basis. I love just hanging out, watching the puppies play, and having fun with the ones I love. 

Chloe, Bonnie, Clyde and my mom.

My parents, Christopher and me hunting for Christmas trees.

My mom and I playing with my hair on my birthday. I love my mom.



My mother-in-law, Christopher and me at visiting the coast.


6. I've lost over 50 pounds over the course of a year. I joined Weight Watchers on 8/1/2013 and made lifetime on 6/21/2014. I've never felt better and am always working on feeling confident and loving myself.






Well folks, that is a bit about me. :)



Just a few more facts:


I love… dark chocolate and couch cuddles.
I believe that…  happiness is all about perspective.
I am happy when… all my favorite people are in the same place.
I feel comfortable… in pearls, a cardigan, a silk scarf, and jeans.
I think that… puppies are the best medicine and cure the worst case of blues.
It is important… to take care of yourself. 
I am in love with… bright colors and polka dots!
I am baffled by… leggings as pants.
I am interested in… all things science. Seriously, I am the biggest nerd.
I am thrilled by… winding roads,  and standing on the edge of ocean cliffs.
I can’t wait for… my next out of country adventure.
My most secret desire is… to travel around the globe and publish a photo journal of my adventures.

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