Laura Bush
Laura Welch Bush is the wife of President George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States.


November 4, 1946


Midland, Texas


Harold Welch, home builder
Jenna Welch, bookkeeper

Elementary School

James Bowie Elementary School in Midland, Texas

Favorite Teacher

Mrs. Gnagy, her second grade teacher

Favorite Subject in School


Childhood and youth activities

"Teaching" her dolls to read
Girl Scouts


Southern Methodist University, bachelor's degree in education

Graduate School

University of Texas, master's degree in library science

Career and Public Service

Public school teacher and librarian for school districts in Dallas, Houston and Austin, Texas
First Lady of Texas


One of Mrs. Bush's goals is to help create more opportunities for men and women to enter the teaching profession. From recent college graduates, to mid-level professionals, to retired military personnel, Mrs. Bush is encouraging citizens to bring their talents and experience to classrooms across our nation, especially to disadvantaged public schools in urban and rural communities, where the need is greatest.

Dream for Children

Mrs. Bush hopes that every child will learn to read.

Brain Challenge

Who was Mrs. Bush's favorite teacher?
What was Mrs. Bush's profession?
How long have President and Mrs. Bush been married?
Name a pastime Mrs. Bush enjoys.
What is Mrs. Bush's primary goal.

Challenge Question:

What is library science? Share your answers with a parent, teacher or other adult.



Ice cream



Reading, gardening, walking

Book for young children:

Officer Buckle and Gloria, by Peggy Rathmann

Books for older children:

Little House on the Prairie, by Laura Ingalls Wilder,
Cadie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink and
Old Yeller by Fred Gipson


Married to George W. Bush since 1977


Twin daughters, Jenna and Barbara, who graduated from college in May, 2004


Dogs: Barney and Miss Beazley, Scottish Terriers
Cat: India, a black cat

First Lady

Laura Bush

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