Lara Parker Major is a 1992 graduate of JMU with a BS in Education.  While at JMU, she was an officer in the education honor society, Kappa Delta Pi , a founding sister of Alpha Phi sorority and a volunteer with Valley Voice, a radio reading service for the visually impaired. After graduating, she became an elementary classroom teacher in Fairfax County.  She earned a Master of Education from The University of Virginia in 1995, then returned to Northern Virginia where she worked for years as a reading specialist.  After leaving the public schools, she worked as the director of a private reading company in Loudoun County and as an adjunct instructor for the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education. She has worked for over 15 years as an educational consultant, specializing in early literacy development. 

She has shared her passion for education in many volunteer roles.  She was a board member of The Loudoun Literacy Council and The Willowcroft Foundation (an organization that promotes science education).  She has spent time in Ghana, Africa working with a program for hospitalized children at FOCOS (Foundation of Orthopedics and Complex Spine).  She works with struggling readers in low-income schools.   

Lara met her husband, Eric Major (91) at JMU.  They have two daughters.  In her free time, she coaches high school travel soccer. 

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