Laurie Smith earned her B.A. degree and teaching certificate from the University of Utah with a major in Art Education and a minor in Art History. She previously taught at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, a museum and art school in Philadelphia internationally known for the study of American art history, museums, and art training. Laurie has also gained years of valuable experience working with adolescent girls at Brighton Girls Camp and Trefoil Girls Camp. Her passion for art and art history has been life-long, and her interest in sharing art as well as her genuine love for teaching has allowed her to not only open doors for the students at Alpine Academy who have little to no confidence in their artistic ability, but also to enhance the skills of the more experienced students.