Laura Chance Collier
LAURA COLLIER, is a native Baltimorean who embodies the quote “be the change you wish
to see in the world” in all aspects of her life. A dedicated and passionate educator, who
is no stranger to wearing multiple hats at any given time, from wife, mother, sister,
auntie, to friend. Laura has impacted the lives of many through her 16 years spent in the
classroom, volunteer work, and mentorships. Laura holds a Bachelor’s Degree in
English from UMBC and Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a
specialization Administration from McDaniel College. Her teaching certifications are in
the areas of Elementary Education 1-6, English 7-12, Generic Special Education 1-8/6-
adult, and Administrator I.
Believing wholeheartedly in the power of voice and representation, Laura is an advocate
for relationship building, equitable policies, and intentional programming within the
school system. Her deep dive into Restorative Justice practices, her participation in
school-based Cultural Proficiency committee work, school-based DEI committee work,
and training as a Circle Keeper for the purpose of community building and celebration
support that belief. Laura serves as an Advisor for the Scholars Leadership program
within her school building, an honors club focused on, but not limited to, the mentorship
of African-American young girls with a 3.0 and above g.p.a. In addition to this, through
her beloved sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, of which she is an active
member, she mentors young women ages 11-18 through the Delta Academy/G.E.M.S.
Program. Laura sees wellness as a necessity and an ongoing journey.
She is often the voice of encouragement to others when it comes to taking time for
yourself and finding the wellness path that best suits them. Laura’s wellness journey
and source of joy is rooted in the arts, from spoken word, visual arts, to dance, and live
music events. A lover of all things creative, she enjoys fostering this creativity in her
own children and seeing their excitement as they explore, discover, and create new
things. Even during a pandemic, Laura was able to find ways to expand on her wellness
journey, by exploring gardening, traveling, and shopping unique local small businesses.