Carrie Bakken
Program Coordinator, Teacher


  • Urban education

Carrie Bakken is a program coordinator and teacher at Avalon School in St. Paul, Minn. She was hired with a team of teachers in 2001 to open the school, a democratic, teacher-led, project-based charter school, which serves students in grades 6-12. As program coordinator, she hosts visitors and researchers from the United States and abroad who visit Avalon School to investigate its unique and successful model. In 2012, she started a two-year Aspen Institute/Pahara Teacher Fellowship and won an Outstanding Educator in Ethics Education Award sponsored by the WEM Foundation. Prior to her work at Avalon School, Bakken taught for three years at Plymouth Youth Center, an alternative education program in Minneapolis that serves at-risk students. Bakken has a master’s in teaching from the University of St. Thomas and a law degree from Hamline University. She also earned a bachelor’s degree from Beloit College with a major in women’s studies and a minor in Latin American studies.