Laura Centers

Position: Early Childhood Consultant

Laura began working with individuals with differing abilities as a teenager in Louisiana. Through a camp for people with autism, she found a passion for connecting with and teaching children with autism and developmental delays. After earning a BA in psychology from Western Washington University, she moved to Asheville and continued working in outdoor education and camp environments. She went on to earn a Masters in Special Education and taught in both public and private school settings. Laura discovered a love for early childhood education when she became a preschool teacher after her children were born. She taught 3 and 4 year olds for 13 wonderful years. The importance and impact that quality early childhood education has on a child and family became a main career focus, which brought Laura to the Sunshine Project. She continues to work to support children, their families, and school environments so that each child has the opportunity to grow and learn in an early childhood setting.

Laura lives in Black Mountain with her husband, two teen boys, and two dogs. She loves to spend time hiking, camping, traveling, and sitting in a rocking chair taking in the beautiful mountains of WNC. She is still involved in the camping world as a board member of Talisman Summer Camps as well.