Lauren Gray began her career in higher education working in Career Services and then Advanced Studies, sparking her passion for workforce readiness and development after earning a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies and master’s degree in Secondary Education. Lauren began teaching high school English at Leading Edge Academy – Gilbert Early College during its first year and served as the Academic Advisor for 12 years, developing and overseeing the Early College Program and college and career advising. Throughout her tenure, she saw the school grow from 30 students to 300 plus students in grades 7-12. Lauren was instrumental in the implementation of many of the programs, strategies, and processes that supported students and teachers that led to that school receiving multiple awards including an “A” letter grade, being named a top 10 school in Arizona, and recognized by US News and World Reports. In 2015, Lauren was nominated for the East Valley Tribune Teacher of the Year. During the 2015-2016 school year, Lauren had the opportunity to speak to the Arizona Senate’s Education Committee about the current educational climate of Arizona. In 2017, she joined Autism Academy and worked to develop programs to support student learner outcomes. Lauren is currently is the Chair of the Business and Education Committee for the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce. She is excited about the opportunity to work with A+ Charter Schools and support students, teachers, and families within the community.