A co-founder and CAO of Gem Innovation Schools, Dr. Laurie Wolfe is dedicated to enhancing the networks’ efforts to improve student success in Idaho. She has extensive experience in curriculum development and implementation, and faculty training and growth. Laurie oversees all facets of academic affairs for the GIS network of schools, including school leadership, faculty, curriculum, assessments, classroom management and accreditation.
Previous to GIS, Laurie acted as the Director of Curriculum and Assessment for Idaho Distance Education Academy (I-DEA). Her strategic vision helped to move the student academic achievement from the bottom quartile in the state to the top; taking I-DEA students and programs to the forefront in Idaho education.
An experienced educator and leader, she began her career in an inner city school in Long Beach, CA, teaching first and second grades. She embraced a number of different educational roles during her early career; including teacher in both elementary and junior high, reading specialist, as well as gifted and talented facilitator.
Laurie received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a master’s degree in reading education, and a doctorate degree in curriculum and instruction from Boise State University. Her dissertation research focused on how teachers and principals use data to guide curriculum and instruction.