"I believe that love is the most important ingredient in our work as educators and as human beings together on this planet. The transformational power of education is all about the connections between us as students, teachers, leaders, families, and community members. Liberation, justice, and the creative energy, knowledge and skills needed to change the world are grounded in passion and love for what we do as educators, for the students we work with, for each other, and for humanity.”
Laura is excited to join the HTH GSE community after a long career as a teacher, principal, non-profit leader, coach, and more. Laura started teaching in New York City in the same system that she was a part of as a student. She went on to support the creation of two dozen schools around the country, including two in Oakland, California, where she served as founding principal: Life Academy and ARISE High School. Laura also worked at EL Education and the Coalition of Essential Schools and is the co-author of the book Small Schools, Big Ideas: The Essential Guide to Successful School Transformation. Laura recently returned to California with her husband, two daughters, and two cats, after spending two years as the principal of Shenzhen American International School in China.
Laura majored in Studio Art and English at Wesleyan University and earned a master’s degree in English at the Bread Loaf School of English, as well as a master’s degree and doctorate in Educational Leadership from Harvard University.