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Laura E. Marshall

Instructor in Mathematics
Dean of Academic Affairs
Harlan M. Ellis Instructor
Appointed
2005
Laura E. Marshall

"The mind is everything. What you think, you become." — Buddha

Education

M.S. University of Massachusetts - Amherst

A.B. Mount Holyoke College

Biography

Ms. Marshall developed a love for nature and the woods while growing up in rural Vermont. She attended an all-women’s college and found the diversity among the women energizing. She majored in geography and mathematics, fostering more curiosity about the peoples in other parts of the world. Believing that statistics might be the path to integrate her interests in geography and mathematics, she pursued a degree, but soon realized that teaching was her calling. She began her teaching career at The Hotchkiss School in Connecticut.

In 2005, Ms. Marshall came to Exeter with her family, as the Harkness pedagogy and the problem-based math curriculum resonated with her belief in how students learn best. She constantly examines how students in her classroom learn to apply mathematics and statistics to their lives. As the former director of studies, she worked on curricular issues across departments, also giving her a fresh perspective on learning in her own mathematics classroom. She is very interested in the constant exploration of the ways that technology can aid the learning process without compromising fundamental problem-solving skills, creativity and curiosity.

In an attempt to satiate her lifelong curiosity about all parts of the world, Ms. Marshall pursues all opportunities for travel. She traveled with students twice to India, has traveled extensively through Europe, and most recently spent time in New Zealand and Indonesia. Her husband, also an educator, and her two teenage children join her in her travels whenever possible. As a family they love anything outdoors: camping, skiing, hiking and going to the beach. Their beloved Labs happily join them in all of the above — except skiing.