Laura Vines came to Horizons School in January of 2012, soon after returning from many years of life in Alaska.  She has a BS in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and taught students ages 5-16 in Alabama, Alaska, and North Carolina before almost accidentally stumbling into working with individuals with disabilities.  She soon discovered this was her niche, and made a mark in Fairbanks, Alaska, where she gained national attention for her work on the Youth in Transition Project.  She has worked with individuals with disabilities ever since, including having her own business as a job developer for the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation in Alaska.

In her spare time, Laura is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, photographer, and loves to hike, contra dance, and other similar activities.