Lauren Alvarez is thrilled to be working as an adjunct instructor in the College of Education as the Student Teacher Coordinator.  She mentors senior education majors during student teaching internships all the way through certification and employment.  Mrs. Alvarez is a graduate of Oral Roberts University with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Masters Degree in Education with Elementary Certification.  She is also a certified school counselor working with third and fourth graders.  She has extensive experience working with diverse populations and starting or implementing programs to meet the needs of diverse student and parent populations.

Mrs. Alvarez is thankful to be back at her alma mater and appreciates looking back on the journey that prepared her to return to ORU.  After teaching fourth grade for years, she branched out from the elementary classroom through many different doors that God opened. She taught couple communication classes all over the state of Oklahoma utilizing the PREP curriculum and created parent and child communication classes to help families learn how to effectively resolve conflict.  This developed a passion for working with parents and families to strengthen connections, build knowledge and navigate crises.  

She continues to teach parenting classes for a local agency a few times a month and has even taught parenting classes to female inmates at the Tulsa County jail.  She is one of the female lead presenters of the Helping Children Cope with Divorce curriculum in the Tulsa Area.  She also ran the Parent Care Center for Jenks Public Schools, implementing parenting classes and parent/child classes to cover a wide range of topics including anger management, responsibility, effective consequences, communication and child development, which led to over 400% program growth over the course of five years.  She is also certified Parent Educator through Parents as Teachers and Practical Parent Education.  Her newest project in response to a perceived need is teaching hands-on workshops to immigrant Burmese parents with Pre-K level students to help the parents better understand early childhood activities that can be done at home to enrich language and academic skills in the classroom.

Mrs. Alvarez brings all of this rich experience into her mentoring of senior educations majors to build background knowledge and effective parent and child communication strategies for better success as future educators.  Her emphasis on family systems and the impact of these systems on children in the classroom continues to drive her passion for further professional development in order to more effectively prepare teacher candidates for the ever changing classroom and school environment. 

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