Laura Hartstein

Director of Student Development

Laura is a Florida native all the way. She grew up in Fort Lauderdale, and she attended Florida State University in Tallahassee. Laura graduated summa cum laude with a BA in English and a BS in Psychology. Wanting to explore life outside of Florida and pursue her passion for teaching, Laura set her sights on Austin. Laura found the perfect opportunity to make this change when she accepted a position at Fusion Academy for the 2016-2017 school year. Laura’s favorite part about Fusion has been the awesome, quirky sense of family that exists among students and staff. The freedom to teach each student individually and in their own style has remained incomparable to anything else.

Before teaching at Fusion, Laura tutored her peers in a variety of subjects. Laura also worked for herself, selling original artwork and upcycled vintage finds both online and at vendor events across Florida and Georgia. Laura still sells her artwork on Etsy. She also loves eating vegetarian meals, reading, writing, traveling, and exploring Austin with her two fur babies, Graham and River. Laura’s most beloved author is Toni Morrison, and her all-time favorite story is The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.