Meet Laurie Schober Carnahan! Laurie is the mother of three, an accomplished attorney, and the head of the Real Estate program at Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC). She was valedictorian of the College of Arts and Sciences at Marquette University, and earned her law degree at UW-Madison. For most of her career as an attorney, Laurie worked for her family’s firm, Schober, Schober and Mitchell.
We’d like to thank Laurie for taking some time to talk with us about her life and times in Lake Country.
Question: What inspired you or led you to your current career?
Answer: “I’ve always loved teaching and I’ve had many good teachers throughout my education process. I wanted to give back what I received from others.”
Q. What is your favorite restaurant in Lake Country, and what do you love there?
A. “The baked oatmeal with fresh blueberries and walnuts at Mama D’s in Wales is phenomenal. I love the meatball sandwich at Bella Gusto for lunch, and for dinner, the pasta dishes at Zesti.”
Q. How long have you lived or worked in Lake Country?
A. “I started teaching part-time at WCTC in 1991 with Real Estate Fundamentals and Real Estate Law, and have taught there full-time since 2015.”
Q. Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in Lake Country?
A. “Marc Schober, a nephew of mine, survived cancer early on in his life and he is active in raising funds for local cancer programs.”
Q. If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? And why?
A. “I love to travel, and so anytime I’ve got time off, I’d like to travel. In the winter, I like to travel to Naples, and in summer it’s a tie between the Perigord region of France and Vernazza, Italy.”
Q. What is your favorite movie OR what is the first movie you remember seeing in a theatre?
A. “‘The Sound of Music. I appreciate that it took one year to make a perfect, accurate movie. I enjoy the songs, and the areas where the story takes place. I appreciate that it’s based on historical events, and have visited the locations where the movie was filmed because I like it so much.”
Q. What advice would you give a crowd of people?
A. “It really is hard work that gets you ahead and not who you know. And travel whenever you can.”
Q. What is something on your bucket list?
A. “I’d like to see the Pyramids at Giza, as well as the Valley of the Kings in Egypt.”
Q. What is your favorite music? Name three bands you would like to see, dead or alive.
A. “Classic rock is my favorite genre, and I’d like to see The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Clash.”
Q. What current / former local business makes you the most nostalgic about Lake Country?
A. “Schley’s dairy store in Waukesha, it was a family run store for 60 years. My family would go there for ice cream when I was a kid.”
Q. Choosing anyone alive and a non-relative, with whom would you love to have lunch? Why? Where in Lake Country would you have lunch?
A. “Jane Austen, the author. I enjoy all of her books, and I used to read all of them once a year. I’d like to meet with her over tea at Artisan 179.”
Q. What is your favorite thing or something unique about Lake Country?
A. “ I love the unique towns and villages, and that there’s still a great sense of community in each place. I appreciate the fact that they haven’t been assimilated in to suburban Milwaukee, and that each of the lakes has its own identity.”
Q. Where do you see yourself in five or ten years?
A.”Ideally spending part of the year in Naples and part of the year traveling. Although I could still see myself teaching, because I love my job. I built the real estate program at WCTC, and I believe that we provide a very valuable service in training agents to handle a variety of situations. They learn skills that are necessary to have as an agent. I look at listings and see former students and feel so proud. I’ve had students who have had lots of challenges, for example a single mom who went from life being a constant struggle, to having the possibilities in her life expand greatly. She was able to get a great paying job with benefits to support her family. I’ve seen how the program can change peoples’ lives.”
Q. Even for friends or family, what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
A. “I was a college basketball cheerleader at Marquette University.”
Q. If you were cast into a major motion picture and had your choice of anyone to be your co-star, who would you choose?
A. “Benedict Cumberbatch, for sure! He plays Sherlock in the BBS series ‘Sherlock’. I find his intelligence attractive.”
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