Lauren is originally from Davenport, Iowa, United States. Prior to becoming the MYP Drama and DP Theatre teacher at Dwight School Seoul, Lauren worked in Daejeon as a native English teacher in a Korean public middle school. She also has teaching experiences in middle school language arts and high school theatre and speech.
1. What is your role at Dwight School Seoul?
As the MYP Drama and DP Theatre teacher, I have the wonderful opportunity to uncover student sparks in the performing arts and engage students in the exploration of several genres and styles of theatre. I also teach grade 11 Theory of Knowledge and the grades 6-9 Growing Up curriculum for SPARK. I am also a co-director for the whole school productions and assistant coach for the boys varsity volleyball team.
2. What made you decide to work in an education setting? And what is your philosophy?
I knew at a young age that I wanted to be an educator due to the amazing teachers I was lucky to have who inspired me throughout my formative years as a student. I believe that every student has the right to a diverse and personalized education that will guide them to become a successful, creative, and productive member of society.
3. What do you like the most about working at DSS?
Our students are amazing and impress me every day!
4. What are your interests and or hobbies?
I enjoy spending quality time with friends, making music with the DSS Staff Band, and exploring the multitude of cafes and restaurants around Korea.
5. Who inspires you and how?
My colleagues inspire me to continue developing in the field of education by showcasing their expertise and providing guidance to other educators within the community.
6. What is the best book or production that you have read, watched, or listened to lately?
I recently watched several partner mime performances from my grade 6 drama students that was very entertaining :)
7. What global challenge would you like to see tackled and how do you see yourself contributing to the positive change that you desire? Or, what one particular social issue calls out to you and why? How do you see yourself contributing to making an impact/being the solution?
Standing as an ally for the LGBTQ+ community by engaging in conversations on how to best support students and others that are part of that community and attending various Pride events.
8. What is one fun fact about you that others may not know or may surprise them? Or if you were given one wish, what would it be?
If I were given one wish, I would ask to wake up in the morning able to communicate fluently in Korean.
9. Why would you tell a prospective family to choose DSS?
The community is supportive and welcoming. All teachers and support staff care deeply for the students by guiding them on their educational journey and path towards their spark of genius.