Laurel M. Sturt

Social activist; former New York City teacher; Author, 'Davonte's Inferno: Ten Years In The New York Public School Gulag'

A longtime social activist, in 2002 Laurel changed careers from fashion design to teaching in a high-poverty elementary school in the Bronx. Laurel is a graduate of The Madeira School and received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Vassar College. Subsequently she received an Associate degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in Design and Illustration, as well as a Master of Arts in Education from City College, New York.

Laurel has a son, with whom she lives in Manhattan. She has lived in several foreign countries and travelled extensively throughout the world, pursuing her fascination with foreign cultures and passion for languages. Davonte’s Inferno: Ten Years in the New York Public School Gulag is her first book. While speaking and writing on the current education crisis, she is immersed in work on her second book.

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