Academic Faculty

Academic Chair and Instructor of English
Joined Saint Mary's in 2016

Ph.D., English, Vanderbilt University
M.A., English, Vanderbilt University
B.A., English, Berry College

Laurel Young, Ph.D., is chair of the English department, an instructor, and residential faculty member; she joined Saint Mary’s in 2016 after having previously taught at independent schools and at the college level. She and her Welsh Corgi reside in Penick Hall, helping the ninth-graders transition to boarding life as part of a safe and happy community.

After living in Nashville for many years, Dr. Young is enjoying being back home in beautiful North Carolina. Her favorite genre is women’s detective fiction, and she is delighted to offer an upper-level English elective on this topic as well as teaching all levels, 9th grade through AP. Dr. Young recently celebrated the publication of her book P.D. James: A Companion to the Mystery Fiction from McFarland Press.

“I love to mentor and empower girls, and Saint Mary’s School has such positive feminine energy that I know I have found my true calling here!”