My name is Laura Riness. I consider myself a life-long learner. From the time I was old enough to know what I wanted to be "when I grew up" I had my sights set on the field of education. I used to line my dolls and stuffed animals up on the couch and "teach" them for hours at a time. I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development (Child & Family Services concentration) from South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD. My Master of Science Degree is in Professional Counseling/Student Affairs, and I earned this degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN. Additionally, I earned a PhD in Psychology at Capella University, Minneapolis. I have worked in the fields of education, or human/family services since I attained my bachelor's degree. I have found I enjoy working with adult learners the most, and I especially enjoy online education. My ideal job will blend my passions (technology, education, and research) and allow me to feed my creative nature. Sophia is my idea of heaven on earth!