Laura Hernandez-Flores is Director in Los Angeles for New Teacher Center (NTC), a national organization dedicated to improving student learning by accelerating the effectiveness of new teachers and school leaders.
As a former teacher, she is a passionate advocate for professionalizing the field, its newest teachers, and for the students they teach, especially in urban areas. Laura ventured out of the classroom while completing her doctorate in Teacher Education at the University of Southern California to explore a career in supporting teachers. She mentored and supported in-service teachers at the Claremont Graduate School of Education and later joined LA’s Promise, a non-profit organization partnered with LAUSD to accelerate student outcomes and provide wrap-around services for three large urban schools in South LA.
Laura’s strong interest in teacher leadership as a lever for systemic change is what led her to New Teacher Center. She serves as a strategic thought partner to districts and charter management organizations to create systems that advance quality teaching and equitable learning environments for under-served students.
Laura will be a part of the panel, “Preparing Great Teachers for At-Promise Students.”