Laura Meinzen- Board Member

Laura Meinzen is passionate about participatory development and international education.  She believes creative partnerships are a powerful tool for combating educational inequity and is excited to support the partnership between Starfish and Kenyan educators working in Nairobi’s Mathare slum.  Laura is currently the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme Coordinator at Palisade High School in Palisade, Colorado. She is also currently participating in the Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Fellowship.  Laura’s previous connections to international education include teaching ESL in Lima and Ollantaytambo, Peru, teaching summer school at the Child Rescue Center in Bo, Sierra Leone, and volunteering as an educational consultant for a community development non-profit just outside of Kampala, Uganda.  During her time in Uganda, she researched the Ugandan education system through observations and interviews at local schools and by enrolling in postgraduate classes on the history and economics of education in Uganda at Makerere University in Kampala. She has also been a workshop leader at several IB Global Student Conferences where students from around the world have come together to learn and create action projects around a global issue connected to one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  Laura has a M.A.T. in Social Studies Education from the University of Virginia and an M.Ed. in Public School Building Leadership from Teachers College at Columbia University.