Laura Hickman’s passion for serving others is evident in her background, having served as a teacher in Nashville for more than 15 years. Today, she’s still teaching, but it looks a little different.
As Program Manager for Just Hope’s Survival Skills division, Laura oversees the organization’s on-the-ground partners and teachers to help them effectively teach students with the Survival Skills curriculum. With the goal for students to reach independence and ultimately secure and maintain jobs, Laura ensures the teachers are provided with the best tools for them to feel successful and prepared.
Having a master’s degree in special education and years of experience teaching high school students with emotional and behavior disorders, Laura’s heart and passion for working with students who face challenges is evident. Through the Survival Skills curriculum, students trained through Just Hope are able to learn the most basic life skills they have never previously been taught. These skills range from how to make doctor’s appointments to navigating local transportation to creating a resume and preparing for a job interview. Just Hope’s Survival Skills training spans over a three-year timeline, from planning with the partner institution to helping students find and maintain jobs to supporting them as they successfully transition into the next phase of life.
“As a former teacher, I understand many of the challenges teachers face as they try to help students successfully move forward. I enjoy engaging with teachers across Central and Latin America in order to help them build their own capacity to empower students on their journey towards living healthy and productive lives” said Laura.