Laurel LaFrance is originally from Marysville, OH, and attended the University of Toledo, earning degrees in Education and Spanish. She later attended Wright State University, where she graduated with her Masters of Education in Teacher Leadership in 2010. Laurel is a member of Marysville United Methodist Church, where she is part of the Missions Commitee, works in the church nursery, and has helped lead several international mission trips. Laurel has taught high school Spanish for the past 11 years, and every two years, helped lead a home exchange program between her school and a high school in Spain. She has also traveled to Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Canada, the Bahamas, and 43 of the United States. She has participated in short-term mission work in Mexico and Honduras.
Laurel will serve as an Individual Volunteer missionary at Casa de Misericordia (or House of Mercy) orphanage in Piedras Negras, Mexico, part of West Ohio's Mission Partnership in Mexico. She will act as an "orphanage mother" to help ensure that the needs of the children are being met. She will also teach English lessons to the children and some of the other Mexican adults that work at the orphanage. "Since I was in high school, I have had a love for the Spanish language and learning about different cultures of the world," Laurel says. "I have always had a special place in my heart for children, so I am excited to partner with an orphanage in Piedras Negras, Mexico, and serve the children there."