B.S., Yale University; M.S., University of Maine
Parish Family Chair
Work Phone: 860-945-7832
Year Appointed: 2006
Laura discovered a love of teaching while in graduate school at the University of Maryland, where she won two awards for her work as a teaching assistant. Because she met with more satisfaction in the classroom than in the lab, Laura chose to leave behind research to pursue a career in education. After a few years serving as an adjunct faculty member at several community and junior colleges, Laura arrived at Taft, where she now teaches life science courses. In the summer, she and her husband, math teacher Jeremy Clifford, administer a free four-week enrichment program for academically talented students from the Waterbury area. She and her husband live in McIntosh house with their children, Rob, Ellie and Matthew.