Laura Rice

UK Ag Ed is thrilled to welcome Dr. Laura Rice to our Big Blue Family. Hailing from Pennsylvania State University, we're helping her trade in her navy for royal blue. In efforts to get to know a little bit more about her, we've posed ten questions. Catch her answers below!

1. Who inspires you?

"My family! I am so blessed to have had incredible grandparents, tenacious parents, and three beautiful, intelligent, hardworking sisters who each have pretty amazing husbands and children. My husband and son, however, are the light of my world and fill me with the most passion and drive."

2. What do you like most about Kentucky so far?

"The southern hospitality, bourbon ice cream, and cheaper gas!"

3. What’s the greatest bit of advice a parent or mentor has given you?

"To whom much is given, much is expected."

4. What’s the last book you read?

"Daughters of Fortune Series by Susan May Warren (Duchess, Book #1; Baroness, Book #2; Heiress, Book #3) I literally read them within 5 days - I couldn’t put them down!"

5. What’s your favorite part of teaching Ag Ed?

"Providing guidance and mentorship to young teachers; watching undergraduate students transition from pupil to professional, and empowering them to feel confident in the classroom."

6. What’s your learning style?

"Hands-on, visual."

7. Describe yourself in 6 words.

"Faithful, genuine, observant, cooperative, practical, unique."

8. Which four individuals, living or dead, would you like to eat dinner with the most?

"My three sisters and Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman)."

9. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?


10. Who was your favorite teacher in school and how did they impact you?

"Ah, it’s so hard to have just one! I loved school and had great teachers throughout my entire education. I believe my Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade teachers (Mrs. Stewart, Mrs. Miller, and Mrs. Moyer respectively) were the most instrumental in helping me develop a love for learning and setting me up for success by establishing the basic foundations and principles needed to build knowledge, skills, and dispositions. The way they impacted me the most that I remember to this day, was their compassion, love, and dedication to their profession."