Laura DeSoto has enjoyed teaching science and math for many years in a variety of venues. From the Christian school classroom, to an outdoor education center serving the needs of at-risk inner-city children and a national park in Alaska, to her own living room, she strives to make lessons as fun as they are meaningful. Laura graduated from Wheaton College with a B. S. in Biology and a teaching certificate from the State of Illinois. She has chaired science programs in classical schools in Texas and Illinois, most recently serving as 6th grade teacher at Horizon Prep in Rancho Santa Fe. She has also led her students to victory in science and math competitions, including Math Olympiad for Elementary and Middle (MOEMs).
She describes her life and wholesome and full. "In addition to enthusiastically preparing for my first year at ILA, I can be found hanging out with my game-loving family (husband, daughter headed to Westmont next month, high school-aged son, and two doggies) playing anything from ping pong to Jackbox to Axis and Allies to Name that Tune. I also frequent the hiking trails near me as I am training to hike Half Dome. I can’t wait to give a shout of praise to the Lord as I stand on top of it this October with my husband. For eccentric stories about teaching in places as wild as Kenai Fjords or Papua New Guinea, ask me about my favorite memories, scariest moments, or strangest experiences. 😊"