In this role, she leads instructional practice work in five public elementary schools in Philadelphia, where students in T3 schools have outpaced the School District of Philadelphia in reading gains during the first two years of the program. In her previous role as a principal in Camden, NJ, Laura led the highest-performing school in the city; during her tenure, student proficiency on the rigorous PARCC exam increased from 6% to 50%, dramatically outpacing the statewide and network growth rates and the districtwide proficiency average. After beginning her career in education as a high school English and history teacher in Philadelphia, Laura has taught in or led schools serving every grade level in both district and charter turnaround settings. Laura holds a B.A. in public policy from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and a master’s in educational policy from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to serving as Institute Co-Chair for New Leaders Council Philadelphia, she serves on the board of Girls on the Run Philadelphia and is a committeeperson in Philadelphia's 2nd Ward. Laura grew up in Bedford, Virginia and Belmont, North Carolina, but has lived in Philadelphia since 2007 and aspires to be a lifelong Philadelphian.
Curriculum Chair, NLC Philadelphia