Lauren was raised hiking and halibut-fishing in south-central Alaska. She has a B.A. in Languages from the University of Alaska Anchorage that she has put to good use. After graduating, she began working as a Spanish teacher for grades K-12 in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in Alaska.
In 2015, Lauren led a group of middle schoolers to Puerto Rico and fell in love with the island, so much so that she decided to move there! She lived an adventurous year there hiking, swimming, kayaking, working on farms and in hostels, writing coffee reviews and speaking Spanish. Over the last four years, Lauren continued exploring the Caribbean, leading delegations to Cuba including one last year to attend the international jazz festival in Havana.
In the summer of 2018, Lauren joined VISIONS as a leader on the Ecuador & Galápagos program. While she has been teaching Spanish courses in the Modern Languages Department at Montana State University since then, she is now joining the VISIONS office team as Outreach Coordinator! This summer, Lauren is excited to get back into the field and explore a new area of her home state. She will be joined by her co-director and VISIONS veteran Kate Stromberg, as well as a full team of VISIONS leaders.