Laura Lorenzen Bio

Program Quality Specialist

Laura Lorenzen is a proven special education leader in Washington, DC who, as the parent of a child with special needs, is passionate about ensuring the success of every child.

Laura has spent nearly two decades leading innovative and quality programming for students with disabilities, from early childhood through high school. She began her career at a non-public school for students with language-based learning disabilities, ADHD, and autism, before taking the helm as Director of Student Support at a DC Public Charter School, building its reputation as a local and national leader in quality inclusive special education services. Under her leadership, the school was recognized in 2018 as one of only four nationwide “Centers of Excellence” by the National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools.

Laura has been actively involved in the Special Education Co-op for many years, having served for 2 years as member of its Advisory Board. In SY 2020-21, she served as a consultant for the Co-op, providing professional development and coaching around Response to Intervention (RtI) practices.