Laurel Freedman was hired as LMCJS’s founding executive director in April of 2014. She comes to LMCJS with 20 years of experience in non-profit and fundraising experience in the Baltimore region, including eight in a school setting. She holds a masters degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelors from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.
Mrs. Sparkman is a graduate of Roland Park Country School, along with our Board Chair Monica Mitchell, Class of 1998. She studied Psychology at Bucknell University. Since then, Mrs. Sparkman has pursued many passions including culinary school, the florist industry, and being an advisor with a rehabilitation center in California. Since moving back to Baltimore, she has followed the progress of Lillie May Carroll Jackson Charter School very closely. As the Office Manager for Lillie May, Mrs. Sparkman prides herself in caring for our scholars needs as well as the needs of our families and greater community as a whole. Mrs. Sparkman works hard to ensure that our school can be the best it can be, establishing our PTA, Scholar Amabassadors Program and Tiger Lillies Garden Club.
I cannot believe how far our school has come in our first 5 months! When I came on board with LMCJS, I had never worked in a school environment before. I simply knew that I wanted to pour into these young ladies as I was poured into, so many years ago. I believe that this generation is not given the right stimulus to excel in education from TV and music, so here at LMCJS, we can foster an environment here at school where our scholars aren't afraid to take educational risks and fail- all in the name of future success! The team we have here is so solid, and the support we receive from the EL staff to help us grow our school is phenominal in ensuring that everyone grows along with the school, professionally and personally.
RPCS did a great job in planning our school and selecting our academic operating system (Expeditionary Learning) wisely. As the first private school in the NATION to found a public Charter School, It was only fitting to play a role in this auspicious exdeavor. To be a part of something this BIG, this ground-breaking...Is truly an honor.