Lauren is a progressive public school educator who has made a career in the Pasadena area for the past 21 years. She joined a group of passionate educators as a founding teacher at Odyssey Charter School in 1999. Since then, she has held multiple roles at Odyssey leading up to Executive Director. During her tenure as Odyssey’s Executive Director over the past nine years, she has overseen the schools growth from 260 students to over 400, ensured students’ learning and sustained achievement, and upheld its mission of educating all students on an individual level. Lauren grew up in Pasadena, attended Pasadena public schools, graduated from Blair High School, earned a Bachelor's degree from Santa Clara University, and a Master's degree and Teaching Credential from Pacific Oaks College. Beyond the many hours spent at Odyssey, she enjoys gardening, traveling, reading, and biking the local trails of Altadena.