Aubrey Simone Lawrence (formerly Aubrey Gray) has an unrelenting passion for kids, education, and social justice. Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Aubrey had a wide range of experiences throughout her childhood that inspired her to become a teacher. When she was 14, her father — a pastor — chose her to jumpstart a Sunday school class for some of the floating youth at their Sunday services. As she got to know the children she worked with, she knew she had found her calling.
Aubrey attended Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools’ Teaching Professions Program during her junior and senior years of high school, where she was introduced to Future Educators Association, now known as Educators Rising. During her senior year, Aubrey served as the Educators Rising National Student Vice President. In this role, she met and spoke with leaders in the education sector, including attending an event where she was able to hear First Lady Michelle Obama speak on the value of career and technical education.
During her freshman year at Capital University in Columbus, Aubrey interned as a Youth Development Professional with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. She now lives with her husband in Pittsburgh and is studying Adolescent-Young Adult Education with a focus on English Literature at Chatham University.