Laurel Lenz

Laurel Lenz

I grew up in Kansas and obtained a B.A. in Microbiology from Kansas State University before heading off to Seattle to complete a Ph.D. in Immunology then to Berkeley for postdoctoral studies. I moved to Denver for a faculty position in 2004 and was promoted to the rank of full Professor at University of Colorado School of Medicine in 2015. My day job primarily involves training professional and graduate students and running an externally-funded research lab focused on defining how inflammatory and immune responses are regulated in the context of infections and other diseases.

Outside of work, I enjoy camping, hiking, biking, and pretty much anything else done outdoors or in the company of my wife, Carrie, and our three children. Our family has been a part of the Odyssey community since 2014. The expeditionary learning model and focus on fostering a love of learning and growth of the whole child initially brought us to Odyssey. Our participation in the adventure program and other activities here has enabled us to witness firsthand the empowering of our children and their crew-mates. It has also been inspiring to see the commitment of Odyssey's families and staff towards sustaining this wonderful community and school. As a parent representative on the Board of Directors I have the opportunity to work with other members of the community to help ensure that Odyssey School of Denver continues to excel as an EL institution that educates and grows children to their fullest potential.