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Laura Ramsay

High School Member-at-Large
lramsay@rvaschools.net John Marshall High School - 4225 Old Brook Road Richmond, VA 23227

Bio

Laura Ramsay has been teaching secondary English for twenty years. She began her teaching career working for a charter school for at-risk youth. Over the course of her career, she has taught Drama, Public Speaking, Creative Writing, English 9-12, and Reading. For the past twelve years, she has taught AP Language and AP Literature. She has served as the English Department Chair of John Marshall High School in Richmond, Virginia for more than a decade where she has been responsible for the expansion of AP and pre-AP course offerings and for the implementation of Professional Learning Communities within the department. In 2014, she was the recipient of the R.E.B. Award for Teaching Excellence to study the connection between art and literature through travel in Italy and France. In 2016, she was the recipient of a scholarship from the Richmond branch of the English Speaking Union to study Teaching Shakespeare Through Performance at the Globe Theater in London. She has presented workshops both locally and across the state on topics ranging from Engaging the Teenage Brain, Behavior Management in the Trenches, Media Literacy for the Digital Age, and Shakespeare for Millennials.

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