B.A./M.T. from the University of Virginia in 2008. Laura Meinzen began her career in education as an educational consultant at a non-profit in Uganda and then as a teacher in New Orleans four years ago. Over the past five years, she has gained a diversity of teaching experience, from being a teaching intern at Phillips Exeter Academy' Summer School, to teaching Secondary World Geography and Pre-K at the Child Rescue Center in Bo, Sierra Leone. Laura is currently a secondary teacher at L.W. Higgins High School in Marrero, LA. Higgins is a large high-poverty public high school. Laura has engaged in leading weekly professional development for teachers at her school and exposing the Higgins school improvement team to the innovation skills taught at 4.0 Schools. Laura was chosen to be part of the 2011-2012 Education Entrepreneur Cohort, a partnership between 4.0, Teach for America, and Idea Village. She is currently a 2013 Fellow with Leading Educators, a selective training program for mid-level school leaders. Laura is looking forward to growing, learning, and celebrating with the 2012 SPA cohort in New Orleans this summer.