The founder of EPS, Teri Lawrence, has specialized in the E-Rate Program since the program’s inception in 1998. Her experience includes work as an E-Rate Specialist with Louisiana Resource Center for Educators and the Governor’s Office of Education.
She holds advanced degrees in Electronic Media, Secondary Education, Education Technology and Instructional Design.
While a member of the State E-Rate Coordinators Alliance (SECA), Teri Lawrence represented Louisiana E-Rate applicants. Through SECA, she had the opportunity to serve as an advocate and voice for Louisiana E-Rate applicants.
In 1998, Teri Lawrence, began publishing a quarterly E-Rate newsletter "LaErate.” After 16-years, LaErate continues to provide straight-forward, up to date information on the E-Rate Program and the filing process to serve a list of more than 250 Louisiana E-Rate applicants.
Teri Lawrence has served on the Louisiana Governor’s E-Rate Oversight Committee and co-authored the Hurricane Restoration Assistance Request which resulted in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) "Katrina Order.” Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi received approval of $132 million in E-Rate funding to help rebuild technology in schools and libraries after Hurricane Katrina.