Laurie has dedicated her career to education and public service. She currently serves on the Rocky Hill Board of Education, where she is honored to represent the educational needs of the families of Rocky Hill. Since being elected in 2015, Laurie has worked tirelessly to improve curriculum, maintain high-quality learning spaces, and preserve critical programs such as those the town provides to our students with special needs.
Laurie spent her 37-year career as an educator and administrator in public schools around central Connecticut. She began her career in 1980 as a speech and language pathologist in the Middletown Public Schools, before becoming Director of Special Education for the Bolton Public Schools in 1997. She then served as an assistant principal in Cromwell from 2001 to 2007. From 2007 until her retirement in 2017, she served as the principal of Brownstone Intermediate School in Portland, where she oversaw their recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. She currently works part-time as a realtor for the Century 21 Clemens Group here in Rocky Hill.
Laurie has a B.A. in speech and language pathology from Southern Connecticut State University (1978) and a M.A. in speech language pathology from the University of Massachusetts (1980). She also holds a sixth-year certificate in administration and supervision from SCSU (1992) and her superintendent certification from the University of Connecticut (2005).
Laurie has lived in Rocky Hill for 27 years, where she raised her son Collin, 30, who is now a paramedic. Her late husband Ron was a police officer in the Rocky Hill Police Department and later the Connecticut State Police.
She currently spends her time caring for her 5 dogs – Einstein, Brewster, Cece, Rocco, and Nena. She also volunteers each week at the Newington Humane Society in the medical department and is a licensed pet therapy partner.
Sharon D. Mounds