Servant Leader Educators
Laura is an educator, community organizer, and competitive amateur boxer, residing and working in the South End of Seattle. She is a committed and passionate advocate for equity and racial justice, co-founding the first two Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools in Washington State and works to create spaces that magnify personal narratives, challenge societal injustices, and foster creative community engagement. Laura has worked in the non-profit sector, specifically at Rainier Beach High School, for eight years and most recently is a founding member of Washington Building Leaders of Change (WA-BLOC), a grassroots youth education and social justice leadership organization that began in 2016. Laura has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Seattle Public University and is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Public Administration from Seattle University.
Darozyl Touch is a South Seattle raised, Khmer American activist-educator who is passionate about creating spaces for scholars to be their authentic selves, explore meaning, and affirm their identities. She earned her baccalaureate degree in Political Science with departmental honors from Seattle University. Darozyl strongly believes educating young people is Soul Work that knows no boundaries, requiring the synergy of heart, mind, body, and spirit to educe the gift of knowledge mutually reciprocated between both the scholar and the educator.
Makaelah Smith was born and raised in the Seattle area. She is a senior at Seattle University, majoring in English and minoring in Sociology. She plans to obtain her Master’s in Teaching and become a high school English teacher in Seattle Public Schools. She worked as a Servant Leader Educator with WA-BLOC this past summer and has previous experience working with students through other educational programs such as Seattle U’s Redhawk Mentoring Program, Jumpstart, and the Youth Tutoring program. She is very passionate about writing, reading, and empowering with youth of color.