Laura Wilhelm, Ed.D., is an assistant professor of early childhood education in the department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Central Oklahoma. Over the past twenty-five years, Laura has taught preK, kindergarten, first, and third grade in urban and suburban schools, directed a laboratory school, and taught graduate and undergraduate courses for teachers, administrators, and childcare providers at the University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, Missouri State University, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Northern Oklahoma College, and the University of Oklahoma. Laura has also enjoyed teaching short courses and facilitating study tours in Germany, England, Wales, Belgium, France, and Italy. Her current research interests include best classroom practice, nature literacy, and urban education. Laura loves spending time with her husband Mike, son Joseph, and daughter Allyn.