“I believe that children, no matter their zip code or special needs, have the right to an academically rigorous education that allows them to get to and through college,” says Lauren Sliwinski. Serving the students of New York City, her school will focus on the values of fairness, imagination, generosity, honor, and teamwork.

In New York City, Lauren served as a summer school lead teacher and a Kids Meeting Kids intern, before joining Uncommon Schools. She taught kindergarten at Uncommon Schools North Star Academy in Newark, New Jersey before transitioning to the role of kindergarten and second grade instructional leader. In this position, she managed and coached teachers, cultivated team culture, established and maintained high expectations, and supported teachers through regular observation and feedback. Lauren is excited to adapt her learned skills and experience to the mission and vision for her own school. “The heart of academic achievement relies on a school culture that embodies, emphasizes, and encourages high expectations. My school will be extremely successful academically, while growing well-rounded individuals who can effectively communicate and express their vast academic knowledge.”

Lauren holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development from Boston College and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education.