Brooke Laundon Barraza

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Brooke’s work is driven by her understanding that the world is becoming more connected and complex every day, and global and human rights issues require innovative solutions designed by engaged members of a diverse society. To that end, Brooke’s approach to education has been shaped by her varied experiences. Brooke attended Middlebury College where she studied Environmental Studies and Geology. Brooke’s first classroom experience was teaching geology in the Swiss Alps where she utilized the local mountain geology for student fieldwork recognizing the value of experiential and place-based education. She then went on to teach middle school science and high school geology at a small community-based school in Vermont.

After moving to New York City to get her Masters in Education Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University, she landed at a middle school in Brooklyn, NY. In Brooklyn, Brooke served as a middle school science teacher and community service coordinator, redesigning curriculum with the purpose of engaging students in the community while supporting student collaboration, innovation, and creativity. Also during her time in New York City, Brooke focused on global education and project-based learning through her work as a global education and leadership instructor with the World Leadership School, building sustainable partnerships with local communities and schools in Costa Rica, Kenya, and Belize. During this time she also got her Masters in Science Education from Montana State University where her capstone focused on creating authentic and relevant science curriculum through project-based learning.

Most recently Brooke was the assistant director of a middle school in San Diego where she continued her passion for student-centered learning by working with teachers developing curriculum that focused on inquiry and backward design.

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