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Laura CommodoreLaura D. Commodore, Program Manager

Effective January 9, 2017, the leadership of Upward Bound has changed. The new Program Manager, Ms. Laura Commodore, comes to Upward Bound after having a successful career as a teacher and administrator in Columbus City Schools. She is an alumni of The Ohio State University, where she received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees.  Ms. Commodore is scheduled to receive her doctorate degree from Ohio State on May 7, 2017.

After serving as a former classroom teacher, computer literacy instructor, assistant high school principal, high school principal, director of school improvement and compliance, and supervisor in Columbus City Schools, Laura brings a wealth of K-12 educational expertise and experiences to ODI in general and Upward Bound specifically.  Ms. Commodore holds specialized credentials and licensures as a superintendent, assistant superintendent, curriculum and instruction, professional development, high school principal (7-12), and supervisor. 

Ms. Commodore considers it a blessing to have been chosen for this position. This position will enable her to continue her mission of practicing servant leadership while providing educational access and opportunities to first-generation, under-represented college bound students.  Ms. Commodore can be reached at 614-292-1896.

Nolan HarshawNolan Harshaw, Academic Counselor

I grew up in Yellow Springs, Ohio and completed my Elementary, Middle, and High School Education there.  I originally went to school for Engineering at the University of Toledo in hopes of one day being a famous Roller Coaster designer.  I quickly realized that I wasn't the best at Science, but excelled in math.  I was fortunate enough to begin tutoring other students which fostered my love for teaching and education.  My Grandfather became ill which forced me to come home and transfer to Central State University.  I thought long and hard about the path I wanted to take and decided that Education was a perfect fit for me.  I finished my Bachelor's Degree at Central State University in AYA Mathematics Education.  I quickly got to work molding young minds and was fortunate enough to teach for 3 years before being selected for a position as an academic counselor at Focus Learning Academy of Southeastern Columbus.  My passion for students and the desire to work in Higher Education has brought me to The Ohio State University where I hope to ignite the passion for education for many students to come. 

I hear, and I forget. 
I see, and I remember.
I do, and I understand.
-Chinese Proverb