Our Team



Laura Vilines

Founder & Executive Director

As Executive Director, Laura is responsible for the development, design, and implementation of the teacher residency program.  Prior to this work, Laura served as the Chief Academic Officer at STEM Preparatory Academy, a charter school network located in Nashville, Tennessee. In her time as CAO, STEM Prep was consistently named a Reward School, consistently performing in the top 10 percent of schools in the state.  

Laura is currently a doctoral student at Vanderbilt University and will complete a degree in Educational Leadership and Policy in May 2018.  Laura is also a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and holds a Master’s degree in Education Policy from the Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University.  Laura began her career as a Teach For America - St. Louis Corps Member where she taught high school English.