Laurel Archer has been teaching English for 20+ years. She has extensive experience teaching children both English and French as well as teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) to adults and French for school and business.

Laurel started her company, Cary Tutor, in Cary, NC in 2010, and now has her online courses and videos to help students in other areas of the world, as Laurel’s Learning Lab. She has worked with students from a wide variety of language backgrounds and levels. Her experience includes teaching business executives and their families, as well as those who recently moved here and want to gain employment through better command of the English language.

She has a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor’s degree in Literature / Minor in French from Wheaton College, in Wheaton, IL.

Laurel has traveled to the UK, Greece, Belgium, Spain, France, Italy and Mexico.

(Top – Ribbon Cutting in 2010) (Right – At Award Ceremony last year, accepting award for Ambassador of the Year 2018 )
Laurel has been an Ambassador since 2010, when she started with the Cary Chamber of Commerce, in Cary, NC, and has attended over 100 Ribbon Cuttings!

Former student who lives in the US now

From Japan, short-term work in U.S.

“I took Laurel’s class twice a week for two months. I learned a lot about pronunciation from her. This is one of the hardest things when I communicate with people, but I feel I am getting better. Finally I have the confidence to talk English. She is very charming and kind.” 


From Ukraine, small business owner

“Laurel helps me to identify learning goals specific to me and to each task, such as working on individual sounds that give me trouble and stressing key terms in a conference presentation. I’ve noticed a marked improvement in the clarity of my presentations.”

–Maria D.

From Brazil, just moved to U.S.

“I’m so thankful you were a part of my journey in the USA. You’re an amazing teacher with the kindest heart! You have a very unique way of teaching, that motivates and engages the students. You inspire learners to embrace the English language. I know your enthusiasm and the love you show for your ESL students. You’ve been a huge encouragement to me, helping me to build confidence in myself.”

–Tarcila F.

SAT Prep Student

“Laurel Archer is a fabulous tutor. She is easy to connect with and taught me skills in a way I would actually remember. She is super kind and has a great laugh. She made going to class actually enjoyable. I was a bit of a challenge to tutor but she was very patient and understanding of my struggles and learning disability.”

–Shelby D.

Parent of SAT Student

“Laurel Archer was fabulous! She worked with our 17-year-old daughter on the English/reading portion of the SAT. Our daughter had taken the ACT and had scored lower than average on this portion. She enjoyed working with her. Laurel relates well to teens and knows how to make learning fun. She also helped my daughter to plan her study time effectively. She received her SAT scores last week and she scored 750 out of 800, which is in the 99 percentile. Thank you so much to Laurel and all of her help! She is definitely worth every penny!”

–Ashley C.