Annie Lawrence was born and raised in Irvine, California. After graduating from Northwood High School in 2002, she attended UC Santa Cruz and studied literature. Early in college, Annie read Jonathon Kozol’s Savage Inequalities, and her passion for public education ignited. Annie received her Masters in Education from UC Santa Cruz, and at age of 23, she began teaching at a comprehensive high school in Soquel, California. During her two years at this school, Annie taught within the accelerated program the Humanities Academy, she helped at-risk seniors meet their writing requirements to graduate, and she collaborated with peers to restructure the course offerings so that they were more equitable to all students.
In 2009, Annie moved to Orange County and was hired to teach at Early College High School in Costa Mesa, CA. For the last 15 years, Annie has been a proud teacher at ECHS, teaching primarily sophomore and senior English. Annie has served as a mentor for new teachers in the BTSA program, she was the staff Common Core Coach when the standards were first introduced, and she was teacher of the year for the 2012-2013 school year. She coordinates the Senior Project, a year-long exit project that helps students identify their future goals, learn from a mentor, and present a final project to a panel of community members. As an AVID Senior Seminar teacher, Annie helps college-bound seniors identify majors and colleges that meet their needs. Annie has over a decade of experience helping students respond to college entrance prompts, especially the UC Personal Insight Questions. Over the years, she has learned from admissions officers from schools such as UC Berkeley and UC Irvine, and she applies all that she learns to her lessons.