Teaching Ambassador Fellowship
2010 Alumni Washington Fellow
Bio/Overview: Calvert currently serves as the Director of Communications and Marketing for the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY). There she is responsible for branding and internal and external communications for the association. Earlier Calvert was the Teacher Liaison for the Department of Education, a position she created after her experience as a Washington Fellow during the 2010-2011 school year. As a 2010 Teaching Ambassador Fellow and Teacher Liaison, Calvert led the design of Built for Teachers, as well as describing the Department’s proposals for reauthorizing No Child Left Behind, a teacher landing page on the Department’s website, the newsletter Teachers Edition, and teacher input on the Vision for the RESPECT project. She also produced a number of videos highlighting success in education reform for the Department. After earning a Bachelor of Journalism in 1984, Laurie worked for advertising agencies in Georgia and North Carolina as an account executive. After nine years in the advertising business, she returned to school full time to change careers to earn a teaching license at the University of North Carolina, Asheville (1995). Calvert taught middle school language arts at Valley Springs Middle School in Buncombe County, North Carolina for nine years and later moved to Enka High School, where she taught high school English, journalism, and SAT prep. She is a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) with a Master’s Degree in English Composition and Rhetoric.
Educational Values/Philosophy: Calvert sees teaching as one of the country’s most important professions and believes it should be supported and valued as a true profession.
Achievements: Calvert is an NBCT and holds a Master’s Degree in English Composition and Rhetoric. During the summer of 2007, she was selected as one of 15 teachers to participate in a five-week seminar entitled “Say Something Wonderful: Teaching the Pleasures of Poetry” at DePaul University. Early in 2016, Calvert authored a paper for the white paper,Moving from Compliance to Agency: What Teachers Need to Make Professional Learning Work, for Learning Forward and the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future
Leadership Experience: Prior to this, Calvert published and presented in a variety of contexts about topics involving teaching and/or English and the language arts. In the course of her teaching career, she took on a variety of leadership roles: she proposed, planned, and co-taught an SAT prep course with a math teacher, was the school’s yearbook advisor, and served on a variety of committees. Outside of her district, Calvert worked as a regional screener for North Carolina Teaching Fellows, served on the Technical Assistance Team for High Schools that Work, and evaluated State Tests for English for the Department of Public Instruction at NC State University in Raleigh.
Affiliations: National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, National Council of Teachers of English, North Carolina Association of Educators
Education: Calvert received her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and went on to the University of North Carolina-Asheville to earn her teaching license. Calvert then earned her National Board Certification, and recently completed a Master's degree in composition and rhetoric at Western Carolina University.
Areas of interest/expertise:
- Teacher Engagement
- School Leadership
- Teacher Compensation
- Rural Communities
- Parent/Community Engagement