Sarah Laven’s passion for empowering under-resourced communities through education has taken her to classrooms spanning three continents. A native of Edmonds, Washington, Sarah left the Pacific Northwest to attend Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin where she studied Environmental Policy and Spanish, in addition to vocal jazz. As an undergraduate, Sarah studied in Costa Rica and did community-organizing work with the indigenous community of Boruca, teaching English in the local school. She went on to do Teach For America, teaching Spanish on Chicago’s south side. During her time in the corps, Sarah developed a 4-year Spanish Language International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum and earned her Master of Arts in Teaching with a focus on Bilingual and ESL education from Dominican University. Sarah also served as an elementary ESL instructional coach for a Teach For India fellow in Hyderabad, India. She went on to teach Spanish at UIC College Prep in the Noble Network of Charter Schools, serving as Spanish Department Chair, mentoring female students through after school programming, and leading a group of students back to her favorite corner of the globe, Costa Rica.