Ms. Laura Stoughton
Laura came to Taft in 2016 as the Dankin teaching fellow and concurrently earned her M.S.Ed through the University of Pennsylvania's Boarding School Teacher Residency program.
Previously, Laura graduated summa cum laude with honors from Northwestern University, where she studied cognitive neuroscience and psychology. She received Northwestern's James Alton James Award for having the best academic record in the social sciences and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa her junior year. She spent three years as a research assistant in the Visual Thinking lab under the mentorship of Dr. Steve Franconeri. Her undergraduate honors thesis project examined how people mentally represent the relationships depicted in graphs and how these representations can be influenced by linguistic and gestural guidance. As an undergraduate, Laura was a leader in residential life and a member of many musical groups, and she played squash. She also sat on several teaching award selection committees.
At Taft, Laura teaches accelerated biology and AP Psychology, lives in Centennial, and coaches volleyball and squash.