Laura Fuller returned to Wisconsin to lead University School of Milwaukee for the 2011-2012 school year and is now in her eighth year as the Head of School. She is the seventh Head since 1964, when USM was formed as a result of the merger of the three predecessor schools - Milwaukee Country Day School, Milwaukee Downer Seminary, and Milwaukee University School.
Prior to her arrival at USM, Laura served from 2007-2011 as Head of St. Catherine's School, an all-girls independent, Episcopal, JK-12 college-preparatory day school in Richmond, Virginia. Before St. Catherine's School, she served as Head of the Upper School at Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa and as Head of the Science department at the Taft School in Connecticut. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Wisconsin.
Laura and her husband, Tom, are proud and grateful to be members of the USM community. "I am a big believer in embracing the concept of a family school, and our family has certainly felt this warmth and caring during our time at USM." The Fullers have six children ranging in age from 16-31.
Laura credits her many years as a parent for helping her develop some of her most profound thoughts as an educator. "The children have taught me patience (and sometimes impatience), humility and compassion, perseverance, and that being a parent is the biggest gift any of us could ever experience."