Lauren has been teaching in the Hartford Public Schools system in Hartford, CT as an elementary and middle school music teacher for the past nine years. Motivated by the transformative power of music in her own life, Lauren decided to pursue her career in music education with the hopes of entering an urban setting. Over her tenure she has experienced, once again, how children and music can transform the world around them. Inspired by pedagogues such as Dr. Chris Emdin, Paulo Freire, and others, she has applied their practices to her music classroom. Restorative, child-centered, and project-based learning have allowed Lauren to develop multi-faceted music instruction that includes composition, modern band, non-traditional instrument instruction, and music technology that relies on the brilliance and expertise that her students already possess. She has given several lectures across the state for CMEA and at UConn for their Leadership in Diversity conference. Currently, Lauren teaches general music, modern band, and composition at Thirman L. Milner School. She received her undergraduate degree in Music Education from Central Connecticut State University (New Britain, CT) and her Masters in Education with a concentration in Music Education from the University of Bridgeport (Bridgeport, CT).