Laura Wheatman Hill Title: Writer Education: Willamette University Location: Portland, Oregon Expertise: parenting, mental health, health, education, lifestyle, neurodivergence, anxiety, depression, gifted, culture Laura Wheatman Hill is a prolific writer who writes about the intersections between parenting, health care, education, and life in general for Real Simple, Parents, Health, and other publications. From her voice-driven personal essays to her heavily reported articles, she delivers high-quality content on time and with a commitment to telling stories that will help people, even if it's with a laugh. She specializes in parenting content but likes to use her interests in all things education, entertainment, health, and finance to drive her reporting. Laura has two kids and one pandemic puppy and lives in Oregon. She has a Masters of Arts in teaching and 14 years of experience teaching English and drama to kids of all ages. She reads, but not as much as she'd like, and enjoys the golden age of television a bit more than she'd like. She was and always will be a theater kid and sometimes even writes plays. Highlights Bachelor's degree in theater (directing) and english from Willamette University Master's degree, secondary English and drama from Willamette University certified in PK-12 English and drama essays in four anthologies Experience Laura Wheatman Hill received her Bachelors of Arts in theatre and English from Willamette University. She went on to receive her Masters of Arts in teaching and began her career in education. She has since taught English and theatre to all ages and continues to enjoy working with students of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. As a writer, Laura used her personal experience as both a teacher and a parent to jump start her freelance career and got some of her first bylines with Parents and Real Simple. From there, she branched out and now writes on a wide range of topics including health and healthcare, mental health, education, business and finance, culture, lifestyle, and others. Laura also enjoys writing fiction and personal essays and continues to use her training in theatre to write and produce plays in her free time. About Real Simple Real Simple, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is an award-winning, trusted online resource for smart, authentic solutions to simplify your life. We reach 11 million readers a month. Our content is written by experienced journalists and fact-checked for accuracy. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.