Laurie Calvert, Director of Communications and Marketing National Network of State Teachers of the Year Laurie Calvert, MA (Composition and Rhetoric), joined the National Network of State Teachers of the Year as Director of Communications and Marketing in March 2016. Most recently Calvert served as education policy advisor for both NCTAF and Learning Forward, where her work focused on policy and advocacy initiatives for both organizations. Prior to joining these organizations, Calvert was the first Teacher Liaison for the U.S. Department of Education, where she spearheaded many of the department’s teacher leadership and outreach efforts. She coordinated much of the Teach to Lead initiative, conceptualized and wrote the Teachers Edition newsletter, and advised the department and the secretary on a range of policy matters. She joined the department in the 2010-11 school year as a Washington Teaching Ambassador Fellow. Calvert is also a former middle school and high school teacher who holds National Board Certification.