Sharon Lauer heads The Unquowa School, a PreK through eighth grade independent school in Fairfield, CT. Ms. Lauer came to Unquowa in 2004 after spending over twenty years in teaching and leadership positions at other independent schools in the Northeast. She has served on many boards over the years, including Pittsburgh Filmmakers, where she oversaw the institution's college credit and media literacy programs and the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools. She currently serves on the CAIS Accreditation Commission and The Fairfield Museum and History Center board, where she is chair of the education committee.
While at The Laurel School in Cleveland, Ms. Lauer served as a research affiliate in the Laurel/Harvard Project, where she worked with Carol Gilligan of Harvard University in studies on the moral development of girls and the role of women teaching girls. In 2003, Ms. Lauer was awarded an NAIS/Edward E. Ford Fellowship in School Leadership, a program for the research and professional development of promising individuals for the next generation of school leaders in the independent school community.
Ms. Lauer is a graduate of Millersville State University, where she received a B.S. in English, and she attended Carlow College, where she received graduate certification in Gifted Education. She is currently involved in launching The Progressive Education Lab. PEL is supported by the E.E. Ford Foundation and will offer a cohort of newly graduated college students the chance to serve as fellows in progressive independent schools in hopes that their fellowships will lead to lifelong commitments to being agents of change in the teaching profession. Ms. Lauer lives in Fairfield with her husband, Jerry Joseph. She is the mother of two grown children and has two grandchildren.