Laura Collier Belnap received her degrees from Utah State University and Western Governor’s University. She taught school in Logan, Utah and Loveland, Colorado where she was part of the state’s math advisory committee and also established a school wide program for grouping students by ability, not age.
Laura helped establish online education in Davis district in 2002, working as the director of Utah Online Academies for three different school districts. She is currently the director of Utah Online Schools, which serves over 3,000 students with 50 teachers and staff.
She has served on several different nonprofit boards including athletic, technology, and the Utah State Charter Board. She received the Soccer Mom of the Nation Award in 2002. She received the “Innovation in Education Award” in 2012 at an international conference. She also received Utah Champions of School Choice Award for leadership and support for public schools in 2013.
Laura is active in legislative, community and religious causes. She graduated from Bountiful High school and married her high school sweetheart Dr. Eric D. Belnap. Laura is the proud mother of six children who were raised in Davis County and also have 7 beautiful grandchildren.
She was appointed to the State Charter School Board by Governor Herbert in 2010 and served as an appointed member of the state Board of Education in 2012-2013.
She was elected in 2014 to serve on the State Board of Education.
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