Lauren Koffler, MSW

Head of Admissions, Communications and Client Relations

Lauren brings more than a decade of experience in education to her role as Head of Admissions and Communications at Shrub Oak International School. As part of the school’s leadership team, Lauren feels fortunate to collaborate with a group of like-minded professionals committed to a common goal: providing students on the autism spectrum with an outstanding education in a warm, supportive, family-centric environment.

Lauren began her career as a preschool teacher, but quickly discovered that her true passion was working with students and their families, specifically helping families navigate the challenges associated with special education. Recognizing she could make a greater impact outside of the classroom, Lauren transitioned to a position in her school’s administrative department where she learned the fundamentals of the admissions process, and most importantly, the value of listening to families’ needs. Prior to joining the Shrub Oak community, Lauren held positions working with students and their families at Claremont Preparatory School, Williamsburg Northside School, and Explore + Discover Early Learning Center.

Lauren received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her master’s degree in social work from Fordham University, and is currently pursuing her PhD at SMARTlab – Thomas Jefferson University. She is passionate about exploring ways to support autistic individuals, particularly those with co-occurring mental health conditions. In her free time, Lauren enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family.

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