Having grown up in Atlanta, GA, Laurel came to the Chattanooga area to attend Covenant College. She graduated from Covenant in 2000 with a degree in Education. She taught a year in Trenton before teaching 2nd grade for five years at Chattanooga Christian School. She married T. W. in 2003 and the Lord blessed them with three children, Thomas, an SMCS alum, Noah, and Bella. Laurel left teaching full time to be a Mom when Thomas was born and has enjoyed being back in the classroom on a part time basis. She loves the heart of SMCS, relishes investing in students, and counts it a true privilege to teach Library and serve as a substitute teacher. Their family worships at Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church.