Laurie Luczak was born and raised in Hawai‘i on the island of Oahu. Both parents immigrated to Hawaii in 1959, from the Philippines and provided Laurie with multiple experiences between the Local, Immigrant, and non-Filipino communities. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Master Degree in Education at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Prior to teaching she worked in the private sector for a few of insurance brokerage homes and companies. While at UHM, working on her MEdT degree, she became involved with GEAR-UP 2006, working with students at the Farrington Complex. After completing her degree, Laurie continued to work at the Complex by becoming a teacher at Farrington High School. Arts and Communication Core Pathway (ACCP) and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) were her main areas of instruction during the past seven years. Now entering her eighth year at Farrington, she will continue to be the AVID Site Coordinator as well as the 9th Grade Hale Coordinator. Her main areas of interests are assessment and curriculum.