Laurianne Zink became interested in teaching at a very young age while playing school with her younger sister in the family basement. Unknowingly, she was actually the one, through their play, who taught her sister Bethanne how to read! Laurianne grew up in St. Louis and attended Westminster Christian Academy, graduating as Valedictorian in 1998. Following in her parents' footsteps, as both are educators, Laurianne attended the University of Missouri's College of Education and was the COE Student of the Year in 2001, graduating the following year in 2002. She began her teaching career in the Hazelwood Public School District teaching sixth grade and then third. Laurianne came to CDS in 2004 to teach Language Arts. In 2013, she completed her master's degree in elementary education at UMSL and also acquired her certification as a reading specialist.
Laurianne truly believes there is no better place than CDS. When Laurianne is not at school she enjoys reading, running, being very involved in her church, and spending time with close friends and family. She is an avid Ohio State football fan, as she was born in Ohio, and thoroughly enjoys watching the Buckeyes play during football season with her parents. Laurianne also adopted a rescue cat in 2010 and was wisely admonished by a third grade student when asked what she should do about how spoiled she is, "Your first mistake was naming her Princess!" Laurianne thinks she may be on to something! She hopes you come visit the wonderful world of the library!