CEO, FOUNDER & TECH COACH
Laura is a state certified teacher, professional Mac/Apple user for over 25 years, and full-time Tech Coach since 2015. She specializes in helping people of all abilities become more efficient with the technology they use every day.
I’ve always been drawn to computers, although I didn’t even own one until my mid-20s.
Growing up in the 80s, I begged my parents for an Atari or a computer, but the best I got was the use of my mom’s classroom computer — an Apple IIe — when she brought it home on occasion. I remember being glued to it, playing Othello, Oregon Trail, or using Print Shop.
In 1992, I went to college at Pepperdine University to become an English teacher, but instead found the world of publishing and design through the university’s weekly newspaper as a section editor. This brought me back to the Mac, as I began to become proficient in the layout and graphics software I needed to do my job. After graduation in 1996, I began working for publications such as Architectural Digest, and the Pottery Barn, Smith & Hawken and Dell catalogs as an art & production assistant and eventually, art director / graphic designer.
In the early 2000s, I supported myself as a freelance graphic designer after a company I had been working for in San Francisco was bought out and shut down (Move.com). I felt like entrepreneurship was the first time a job had truly felt like a fit for my personality. While I would eventually go back to the corporate world out of necessity, I never forgot the joy and satisfaction that owning a business gave me, and vowed to come back to it someday.
In 2006, After ten years working in design and advertising, I gave up my career to go back to my original love — teaching. I earned my California Single Subject teaching credential in 2006 from Dominican University, and taught English at Berkeley High School and Redwood High, both in the Bay Area. I enjoyed teaching — the best AND hardest job of my life — but craved a more one-on-one teaching experience than most schools had to offer.
In 2015, after relocating to Bremerton, WA, and taking an “extended maternity leave,” I finally launched back into the world of entrepreneurship by combining two of my main areas of expertise — teaching and computer software/technology — into what has now become Digital Helpmates.
In addition to running Digital Helpmates, I continue to mentor on Mac and iOS devices, with clients ranging from home users to businesses. I instruct, guide, and provide the “injection” that can rapidly convert home novices into competent users. I am especially good teaching those who did not grow up with technology, as I can provide a bridge of understanding with my own experiences.
I’m passionate about not just “fixing” devices, but looking at the ways we use technology to help people enjoy their devices again.
My family owns and uses nearly every product Apple makes on a daily basis.
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