Laura D. Commodore, EdD
On January 9, 2017, Dr. Laura Commodore accepted the appointment as Program Manager for Upward Bound. Dr. Commodore comes to Upward Bound after having a successful career as a teacher and administrator for Columbus City Schools. She is an alumnus of The Ohio State University, where she received her bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees.
After serving in many capacities with the school district including those as a classroom teacher and administrator, Dr. Commodore brings a wealth of K-12 educational expertise and experiences to ODI. Dr. Commodore holds specialized credentials and licensures as a superintendent, assistant superintendent, curriculum director, administrative specialist, pupil services administrator and high school administrator.
Dr. Commodore considers it a blessing to have been chosen for this position. She feels that 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. Dr. Commodore can be reached at 614.292.1896.
Nolan 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 three 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.