Laura is from Wales but grew up in Hong Kong. She graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Anthropology. Laura worked in higher education administration and also as a scuba diving instructor for several years before pursuing her teaching career, obtaining her PGCE from the University of Sunderland. She taught in Hong Kong and Egypt before moving to Beijing. Outside school, Laura enjoys cooking, gardening, listening to music, reading, and travelling. She goes scuba diving whenever possible.