Associate of Arts in Communications, San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton, California, 1983. Bachelor in Communications, University California, Davis, 1990. Master of Arts in Education, University California, Davis, 1991.
Teaching assistant University California, Davis, 1990—1991. Childcare specialist Young Men’s Christian Association of the Redwoods, Boulder Creek, California, 1991—1995. Principal, performer, producer Laurie's Stories, Sutter Creek, Connecticut, since 1992, Child Sing Song Circus, Sutter Creek, since 2004.
Private practice, since 1992. Consultant, educator Loma Prieta (California) Indiana Home Study, 1995—1998, Green Valley Parent Co-Op Preschool, Palo Alto, California, 1996—1998. Presenter in field; e-book public www-lauriestories.com, since 2000.
Member of Society Children's Book Authors and Illustrators, Children's Music Network, San Francisco Folk Music Club (children's activities coordinator Camp Harmony since 1994).
1 child Jeremiah Vela-Murphy.