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Carrie Bakken is a program coordinator and teacher at the Avalon School, a democratic, teacher-led, project-based charter school located in St. Paul, Minnesota. Avalon School, opened in 2001, serves students in grades seven through twelve and teaches students that self-regulation, responsibility to others, and accountability, are best learned through experience. As Program Coordinator, she hosts visitors and researchers nationally and internationally who come to investigate Avalon School's unique and successful model. In partnership with education organizations such as Education Evolving and EdVisions, Carrie regularly presents at education conferences regarding democratic schools, project-based learning, and teacher-led schools. 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. 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 living in poverty. 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. She is a Fellow of the first class of the Aspen Teacher Leaders Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.