Laura Latta holds a Ph.D. in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum from the Jeanine Rainbolt College of Education at the University of Oklahoma. She is the Director of Post-Secondary Partnerships and Research at ImpactTulsa. Her range of experiences in public education, post-secondary instruction, and educational research contribute to her skill and passion for supporting post-secondary initiatives.
Prior to joining the ImpactTulsa team, Laura worked for seven years as an educator in the Union Public School district. She also worked as an administrator and Community School Coordinator at Rosa Parks Elementary. In 2015, Laura was named the Union District Teacher of the Year and was also awarded the Rising Star Educator award by the Oklahoma State Department of Education.
While working as an elementary school teacher, Laura began her work in post-secondary education as an adjunct professor in 2015. She has taught adjunct courses for the Early Childhood Education undergraduate programs at Oral Roberts University and, currently, the University of Oklahoma. In 2018, Laura worked as a Graduate Research Assistant with the Early Childhood Education Institute at OU-Tulsa. During this time, she was a part of the research team for the longitudinal School Experiences and Early Development (SEED) study with Tulsa Public Schools. Her research has been published in NAEYC’s Young Children Magazine, Psychiatric Services, and Early Childhood Australia.
Laura brings a variety of experiences and strengths to her role including program evaluation and improvement, research design and implementation, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and community support and development. She has a Master’s degree in educational administration and curriculum supervision (OU), and a dual Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education (ORU).