For 17 years, Laura Hinds taught language arts and critical thinking. During this time, she developed a curriculum that focused on student debate. She also wrote mock trials for Carl Hiaasen’s novel Flush and Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart.” She became known for motivating her students through these hands-on, fun, and highly instructive experiences.
Laura then spent two years as a peer evaluator for St. Johns County Schools in her home state of Florida. In this capacity, she observed, evaluated, and coached teachers in grades K-12 using the Marzano Framework. Currently, she is the Instructional Literacy Coach at Murray Middle School in the same district.
She was selected as the Gamble Rogers Middle School Teacher of the Year in 2004 and earned her National Board Certification for English/Language Arts in 2006. Laura has presented at conference and school district settings including Nuts and Bolts Symposiums, ECET2 (Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers) convenings, and the Florida League of Middle Schools regional and state conferences.