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B.S. in Elementary Education from Pennsylvania State University. In college, Lauren Ellis was part of a unique experience that partnered Apple Computer, Penn State and The Philadelphia School District, which allowed the student teachers to help reform the school they were working in. The goal was to improve the educational experience for the students at the school and prepare students for success in the 21st century. This program served as the catalyst to her career in reforming urban education. Currently, Lauren teaches first grade in Newark, NJ, at New Horizons Community Charter School where she began her career in 2007. Since being there, Lauren has created an extracurricular dance program for the students, served on an intervention planning team, and created a school wide discipline form for the school. Lauren aspires to run her own charter school one day.