Lauren received her Masters of Arts in Teaching with a focus in Secondary Science Education from Oregon State University-Cascades in her hometown of Bend, Oregon. Prior to her graduate degree, she attended Humboldt State University in Northern California, where she fell in love with teaching Science. A Zoology major, she spent many hours studying and found that teaching fellow classmates was the best way to learn. Throughout her academic career, she has volunteered and worked in Natural History museums as an Interpretive Guide and Summer Programs teacher. She is excited to be living in Oakland and teaching at Aurum Prep as the Founding Science Teacher. In her free time she enjoys exploring the outdoors, spending time with friends and live music of all kinds.