The Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources welcomed Laura Stelling as a new graduate research assistant. Stelling is working on a project with the Austin Area Research Organization to research labor market trends and identify strategies for growing and improving career preparation services. Stelling is pursuing her Masters of Public Affairs with a focus on social policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.
Prior to joining the Ray Marshall Center, Stelling taught elementary school in inner-city Phoenix, working to close the achievement gap. Seeing the need for more extracurricular activities for her students, Stelling founded and coached a Girls on the Run team as well as a district-wide Special Olympics team.¬†Stelling was a 2008 Teach For America Corps Member and has worked with the organization to develop curriculum, recruit members, and conduct interviews. She also worked as a volunteer for the American Academy of Pediatrics, conducting research on Arizona education and health policy. Stelling earned her MEd from Arizona State University and her BA in Sociology from the University of Mary Washington.