Accountability Specialist, Charter Schools Office
School District of Philadelphia
Lauren Thum grew up in St. Louis, MO - a true midwesterner at heart - but found her way out east to Philadelphia, the city she now loves and calls home. Forever a nerd who loved school and was quoted on multiple occasions as saying "I simply love to learn," it's no surprise she's landed in the field of education. Teaching middle school in the School District of Philadelphia sparked an unwavering commitment to educational equity and great schools for all children. While no longer in the classroom, her current work overseeing and supporting charter schools in the SDP Charter Schools Office is driven by the same goal - great educational opportunities for any student in Philadelphia. Outside of long work days, baking, running, and spending time with family and friends primarily fill the hours.