Laurie Gatz was born and raised in southern California. She graduated with honors from California State University Dominguez Hills, earning her B.A. in English Literature, with a minor in Teaching of English as a Second Language. She received her M.A.in Curriculum and Instruction from the same institution in the fall of 2013. The 2015-2016 school year marks Mrs. Gatz's eighth year at Culver City High School. She currently teaches English 9 and English Language Development.