Oakland International High School
Laura Stuck has always loved how science has allowed her to understand the world. Two exceptional science teachers at Ben Lippen High School in Columbia, S.C. inspired Laura to consider a career as a chemistry teacher. The desire to teach remained with Laura as an undergraduate at the University of South Carolina. Upon graduation, she volunteered at a school in Uganda and taught supplemental lessons in chemistry. However, she discovered that, “The school also needed help in areas that I could not provide, such as sustainable funding.” The experience led Laura to obtain a master’s degree in International Comparative Education.
Laura worked as a research analyst at the Stanford School of Medicine but soon realized that she was not passionate about a career in research. “I missed developing relationships with students and explaining material to them. This led me back to the Stanford School of Education to learn how to become a teacher.” Laura knew she made the right choice when her classes covered “what I originally wanted to learn after leaving Uganda—how to try to help every student in the classroom learn.”
As a beginning educator, Laura feels that her greatest challenge is helping all students learn. “I’m particularly looking forward to learning how to better assess the impact of the lessons that I am designing and how to better modify lessons based on how they worked.”