At New Hope since 2008
B.A., Baylor University
M.A. (Church History), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Laura Range was born and raised in San Antonio, where she gained frequent exposure to the Spanish language and Latin American culture. Despite the fact that she began her formal Spanish language training at age 3, Spanish was not a purely academic endeavor—instead, it was a key to unlocking the rich and interesting culture around her. She acquired the language as much by attending Quinceañeras and celebrating el Día de Fiesta as by learning grammar in the classroom, and such natural and relevant language acquisition helped her to love the “lengua”. By the time she graduated from high school, she was the President of the Spanish Club and the National Spanish Honor Society, was named the outstanding Spanish student of her 500+ graduating class, served as a Spanish teaching assistant, and received a Spanish scholarship.
In college, Laura increasingly strove to use her gifts to build up His kingdom. In addition to taking upper-level Spanish courses, Laura enrolled in a class called Spanish for Christian Ministry, which unlocked numerous opportunities for service. Laura incorporated her gift of teaching and her love of language to teach a Bible study in Spanish for a group of under-privileged children, and began to see the incredible joy that comes from sharing your faith with someone in their heart language. Since then, she has done short-term missions in Spain and Mexico.
Laura joined the New Hope family in 2008 after graduating from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She thrives on seeing middle and high school students fall in love with the Spanish language! It’s energizing for her to hear students’ stories of their thrilling successes with Spanish in the real world, to know that they’ve changed over Facebook, Xbox, and all their electronic devices into Spanish just to get a little more practice, and to hear them speaking to each other in Spanish in the halls. In addition to teaching Intro to Spanish and Spanish I & II, Laura advises the Sociedád Honorária Hispánica and serves as New Hope’s Student Life Coordinator.