Laura is a Senior Partner at California Education Partners. She has spent her entire career in public education. Her teaching career began as a student teacher in the Garden Grove Unified School District and ended 41 years later in the same district, the last 14 of which were as superintendent. Along the way she had the opportunity both to teach and serve as a site administrator in elementary and secondary schools, as well as to work in a variety of positions at the district level. Each of these experiences has allowed her to work alongside and learn from remarkable teachers, administrators and support personnel. The opportunities she has had to work with masterful teachers taught her the importance of building caring relationships with students, establishing high expectations and providing all the support necessary for students to meet those expectations.