Director of Programs
Lauren oversees the BLC’s educational programs ensuring that quality instruction, organization, program development, and training opportunities are available for the students and volunteers of the Backside Learning Center. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Lauren graduated from Mercy Academy and in 2010 earned a BA in Elementary Education at the University of Kentucky. She completed her studies overseas, teaching first grade at the John F. Kennedy School in Berlin, Germany. Following her return from abroad, she worked as a permanent long-term elementary substitute for JCPS. Lauren’s most recent teaching experience took place in Quito, Ecuador, where she taught third grade at Colegio Americano de Quito for a year and a half while greatly improving her Spanish-speaking skills. After working with various communities in Ecuador, she became interested in combining her educational background and knowledge with her experience in community development. Lauren enjoys many other activities, including listening to live music, practicing yoga, gardening, traveling, and doing various outdoor sports.