Laura Austin is Title III Director for the Carson City School District English Learner Program where her work focuses on the development and implementation of curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices that support EL academic achievement. Her passion for EL education includes the design of teacher-centered staff development that enables teachers of ELs to create an inclusive learning community and build an authentic home-school connection. Her teaching experience includes K-12 EL teacher and classroom teacher in a bilingual (Spanish)/bicultural setting. She has served as Principal of a PreK – 5 Title I school. Laura received a B.A. in English from Mills College and holds a M.Ed. and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Nevada Reno. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and lives in Minden, Nevada. The perfect day for her is hiking in the Sierra Nevada mountains near her home to catch a sweeping view of Lake Tahoe.