B.S. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Maryland in 2006. Lauren began her career in education in the urban setting of Memphis City Schools as a third grade teacher. She then founded the school’s first state funded pre-kindergarten at Peabody Elementary School. The success of this program led her to mentor teachers throughout the city. She then moved to New Orleans, Louisiana to become an integral part of the educational movement in the charter system. She taught kindergarten and was a team lead with Akili Academy of New Orleans, which ended its third year as the highest scoring school in the Achievement Network. She is currently a kindergarten teacher and team leader at Harriet Tubman Charter School in New Orleans, LA. Harriet Tubman Charter School is part of the Crescent City Schools Network and is the first full take over by a charter as a turnaround K- 8th school in the state of Louisiana. The turnaround environment has allowed Lauren to utilize and refine her teaching, mentoring, and leadership skills to help pilot the multiage K-2 program. As a mentor for teachers in both Memphis and New Orleans, speaker for the NAEYC Louisiana Chapter, TeachNOLA master teacher, and a committed educator she is looking forward to the development that being part of the SPA NOLA 2012 cohort will provide in her relentless commitment to transformative education.