Lara Freeman

Coordinator of the Leahurst Centre of Excellence for Teaching & Learning
Lara Freeman

Lara Freeman is committed to facilitating learning that enhances her students’ personal lives and increases their capacity to act as agents of positive change in a diverse and multicultural democracy. Throughout more than a decade of living and working with secondary students in New England boarding schools, Ms. Freeman is known for her dedication to her students and the generosity and rigor that marks her teaching. She is passionate about cultivating the skills and knowledge required for conscious deliberation and productive contribution to shared inquiry.

Ms. Freeman’s formal education prepared her well for this work. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Emory University with a major in Anthropology and Human Biology and a minor in Human and Natural Ecology. Her undergraduate thesis examined the socio-cultural influences that corresponded with the increase of the diagnosis of ADHD in the 1980s and 90s. Following two years traveling, working, and volunteering in South Korea, India and Uganda, Ms. Freeman returned to graduate work at Harvard Divinity School. There she studied education, ethics and climate change, graduating with a Master of Theological Studies and a certificate from the Program in Religion and Secondary Education. Her master’s thesis examined strategies for incorporating critical theory and a problem-posing pedagogy into the biology classroom.

Lara’s work as an educator has not been limited to the classroom. She has been an advisor and dorm head for girls and boys dorms, and has coached both girls varsity volleyball and varsity and junior varsity (rowing) crew. She was honored to receive her previous school’s Faculty Fellowship for Excellence in Athletics. Her life continues to be made more rich and exciting by the opportunity to learn from, and alongside, her athletes and students.