Over a span of three years, Lawrence was involved in various Peace Corps services and taught English in Sierra Leone and Namibia, ranging from middle school to a college education level.
Through a Peace Corps job posting, Lawrence found NatureBridge and became an environmental science educator at Yosemite National Park in 2016.
Lawrence’s interest in having a better understanding of other communities and life experiences has continued to be a priority long after teaching abroad. In fact, it ties into one of the most important lessons he’s carried since his time in Africa.
“My biggest takeaway from working with the Peace Corps is the importance of developing trust in relationships, especially cross-culturally,” he said. “It’s about doing as much as you can to listen and learn about the person, group, or community before you make decisions or try to influence change.”
Lawrence now serves as a part of NatureBridge’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Team, which focuses on finding ways to better engage with our diverse staff members and students through training and development.
“The DE&I role has inspired me to develop a solid understanding of history in order to make more informed decisions as an educator.”
Lawrence has recently embarked on a civil rights education journey to learn more about racial disparities in America, and in turn, be better equipped to reach students from underrepresented communities.