The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Division of Student Services

Laura Paxson Kluthe

Class year: 1980
Major: Theatre
Company/organization: Lake Oswego School District
Job title: Social Studies teacher/Union president

How did you get where you are? (e.g., education, brief work history, mentors)

Post graduation: Peace Corps Paraguay, MA Latin American History U of O, Assistant Alumni Director, Reed, Lewis and Clark Education program, Lake Oswego School District, Union leadership

What lessons have you learned along the way that you'd like to pass on to current Reed students?

Enjoy the road. Don't rush it. Life isn't a straight path. Keep being curious -- always. It's the key to remaining young. Hike and dance whereever you can.

In what ways you think you can help Reed students?

If anyone is interested in union work, I could probably talk to those students. I have 20 years of classroom teaching experience in a high school.

What else should students know about you? (e.g., volunteer engagement, avocations, interests)

Ballet and choreography. El Camino de Santiago (walked it in '07), hiking in the Columbia Gorge, being a mom to my two sons in their 20s, engaging in the political process regarding education policy at the state and local level.