In 2001, Carrie Bakken was hired with a team of teachers to open the Avalon School, a democratic, teacher-led, project-based charter school located in St. Paul, Minnesota. Avalon School serves students in grades seven through twelve. In the last five years, Carrie expanded her duties at Avalon and shares two roles as Program Coordinator and teacher. As Program Coordinator, she hosts visitors and researchers nationally and internationally who come to investigate Avalon School’s unique and successful model. Most notably, she accompanied Education Evolving to Washington D.C. to participate in a dialogue with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and his highest-ranking advisors in 2010. In 2012, she started a two year Aspen Institute/Pahara Teacher Fellowship and won an Outstanding Educator in Ethics Education Award sponsored by the WEM Foundation. Prior to her work at Avalon School, Carrie taught for three years at Plymouth Youth Center, an alternative education program in Minneapolis that serves at-risk students. Carrie has a Master of Arts degree in Teaching from the University of St. Thomas and a Juris Doctorate from Hamline University. Carrie also earned a Bachelor of Arts from Beloit College with a major in Women’s Studies and a minor in Latin American Studies.