Laura Wilhelm, EdD, is Associate Professor, Early Childhood Education at Petree College of Arts and Sciences, Oklahoma City University. Over the past twenty five years, Laura has taught Pre-K, 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.