Laura Porter is the Program Coordinator for the Massachusetts ESOL Curriculum and Instruction PD Center. She supports the planning, general operations, and evaluation of the PD Center, and develops and facilitates a variety of professional development offerings in diverse subject areas. She has been an ESOL educator since the 1990s when she started teaching informally as a Peace Corps volunteer, followed by graduate studies leading to a Master’s of Arts in Teaching ESOL and Spanish from the School for International Training. She has taught adult ESOL students from many different countries, with a particular emphasis on college and career readiness, and an interest in integration of math subjects into ESOL instruction. She has provided teacher training to public school teachers and adult educators, and presented workshops on a range of topics, including curriculum development, vocabulary development, goal setting, and bringing "green" topics into the ESOL classroom. In addition to her work with the ESOL PD Center, she teaches a high-level ESOL class at the Ludlow Area Adult Learning Center, a program of Holyoke Community College, and provides grant writing consulting to nonprofits.