What drew you to Allovue?
Having a background in and real passion for K12 education, I was first drawn to Allovue for their work with this population. After learning more about Allovue, I became more excited about them as a company. How could I not be after learning how they are completely dedicated to empowering school districts and principals to allocate money where it’s most critical- at the student level?
What do you like most about being part of Allovue?
I’ve only been with Allovue for a few months, but I can quite frankly say, “everything!” The Allovue team is fantastic, and their shared vision to make sure customers have the tools they need to spend equitably is something I’m proud to be a part of.
You have experience in several facets of education. What would you say is the biggest challenge facing educators today?
I think the biggest challenge facing educators today is unrealistic expectations. There are fundamental ways in which our system of public education is broken, not limited to poorly funded early childhood education, expecting all students to perform at certain levels regardless of ability-level, and teachers who are undereducated in working with children from generational poverty. As a country, we have a lot of work to do to get the right policy in place for our children to really benefit.
How do you think your prior work as a teacher will impact your role now that you’re on the business side of education?
One thing I learned being in the classroom is that you, and your students, are entirely at the mercy of the financial decisions made by the executive team at your district. But many times, that executive team had no idea what was needed by teachers and students at the classroom level. Sad to say, many times, they also didn’t care. The ability of principals to determine their own budgets, and understand their teachers’ and students’ needs is a powerful thing. Allovue Balance provides that power.
What excites you most about the work you’ll do now that you’re at Allovue?
I’m excited most about interfacing with the multiple teams here at Allovue to make sure our customers have the best experience in our Balance product. From Sales and Marketing to Product Management, they all play a critical role in the Customer Success team actually being successful. I’m really proud to help our customers experience success from the use of our products!
Was project management always a passion of yours?
Yes. Project management was probably my very first love in life. I quickly realized how much I enjoy trying to take care of everyone and telling everyone how to make things work, much to the dismay of my parents growing up. The logical and consistent nature of project management has always resonated with me, and I love that I get to play an essential role in mitigating risks and resolving issues. That, coupled with the troubleshooting and problem solving makes it an excellent exercise for the noggin’, too!
So besides “exercising your noggin”, what other meaningful advice do you still take to heart?
One of my very best friends is a wellness and life coach. She always reminds me to “give myself grace.” There are so many things in our lives that we cannot control, and I’m harder on myself than I am on anyone else. The reminder to give myself grace has become one that I lean on every day.
What is your favorite book?
My all-time favorite book is Shel Silverstein’s, “The Giving Tree.”
If you were an animal, what kind of animal would you be?
I’d be a dog. In my house. My four-legged children are so spoiled! Wouldn’t life be grand if your most difficult decision was what time to take your next nap?
We’re so excited to have Laura Lea on our team! Reach out and say “hi” at firstname.lastname@example.org