Program Manager, Attendance and Discipline, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD)
An educator to her core, Lauran Cherry has served children and fellow educators for decades. Her work has been recognized as outstanding - as her many awards attest - including being a recipient of Milken Educator Award in 2000 and Behring Scholar.
Formerly an early childhood education administrator, a school principal, and assistant principal, Lauran knows what it takes to set up an environment for children to succeed. As a kindergarten through sixth grade teacher, she was responsible for general education of students - curriculum includes, language arts, reading, grammar, mathematics, social studies, science, art, music, and physical education.
Lauran is committed to student achievement and services that provide equity, social health, and wellness for students. In her day jobs, she serves as the Program Manager for Attendance and Discipline Support Service in the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD). She also supports others as an Educational Leadership Coach in the Alameda County Office of Education.
Lauran holds a Master of Education/Administrative Credential from the University of California, Berkeley, a Master of Public Administration from American University in Washington, D.C., and is a proud alumna of Hampton University.