Lauren grew up in Southern California. She earned her bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of California, Riverside, and her associate of arts degree in merchandise marketing from the F.I.D.M. She was a buyer/product developer for eight years before moving into education. Lauren studied early childhood education at Saddle Back College and earned an elementary multiple subjects teaching credential from Loyola Marymount University. Before joining the Dawson team, she previously taught in Oakland, California, and East Las Vegas charter schools in pre-kindergarten through first grade. At her previous school, she was a grade-level chair and head of the sunshine committee! In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, visiting the beach/mountains, and exercising with her mom group here in Summerlin.