Carrie lives in Seal Beach and joined the LAEF team as Executive Director in December of 2013. She began her professional career at Opportunities for Learning Public Charter Schools in 2004 as an Experiential Learning Instructor, then quickly rose through the ranks, holding positions of Teacher, Assistant Principal, and Principal in the San Gabriel Valley and Long Beach/Capo regions. Carrie’s time as a charter school administrator in this alternative education program, which focused on credit recovery for at-risk youth, led to improved academic results in API scores, increased math completion rates, increased graduation rates, and increased enrollment.
As an educational leader, her staff, students and parents are always the primary focus. Carrie brings project management, implementation, personnel, and people skills to LAEF and has continued its momentum and growth. The STEM subjects are especially important to her, as her husband is a Vice President of Software Development and she sees firsthand the need for more education in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.
Carrie has a BA in Public Administration from Cal State Fullerton, a History/Social Science teaching credential from Cal State Long Beach and an Administrative Services credential. She holds a grant writing and administration certificate from CSU Dominguez Hills, has completed the Executive Directors Leadership Institute through Executive Service Corps and participated in the Mentorship Program through the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Orange County. Carrie is on the board of the Seal Beach Chamber of Commerce and volunteers on WASC visiting committees annually. She enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her husband and daughter (who is an elementary student in Los Al).
To build durable relationships that help fund our vision, share our knowledge, and prepare every child in our district for college and beyond.
LAEF is the trusted partner through which the community engages with the Los Alamitos Unified School District to measurably improve student achievement results. LAEF provides both significant funding to the district in critical areas impacting all students, and educational enrichment opportunities for every student.