While at University of Colorado, Lauren studied Social Studies secondary education and sailed around the world on Semester at Sea. After university, Lauren led gap year semester programs in India, East Africa, Southeast Asia, and South America.  She was the student affairs manager for the School for Field Studies in Bhutan and led several summers of backcountry wilderness expeditions for high school students. She eventually returned to teaching ancient history at international schools in Egypt, Honduras, and Guatemala.  After teaching in Cairo, Lauren moved to Dahab, Egypt, to earn her PADI divemaster on the Red Sea. Lauren has studied Spanish and Egyptian Arabic and has her Wilderness First Responder. She has led high school summer programs in Italy, Greece, Nepal, and Costa Rica. This fall, she will be returning to Chicago Public Schools teaching World Cultures for the exploratory program.