Lauren Olson

RFI Community Innovation Fellow – Garden County, Neb.
Garden County Schools
Art Teacher

Why did you choose this experience?

I was nominated by my community leadership opportunity.

What do you hope to gain?

Experiences that I can bring back to my community.

Why do you think it important community leaders have this type of experience in terms of inclusive leadership development?

I feel like my leadership experiences in school motivated me to change my community. Moving back to my hometown, teaching, trying to give them those same experiences I had giving back.

Why is rural important?

As an artist I have had opportunities that I wouldn’t have gotten in a big city. Living somewhere where everyone knows your name has it’s benefits. The community is very supportive of the artwork I do and how I involve kids.