New on Campus: Lauren VanCamp, English Teacher, Middle School

New on Campus: Lauren VanCamp, English Teacher, Middle School

What would students be surprised to find out about you?

I’ve shared with my students the fact that I am actually a bit shy and hate public speaking, so I think they would be surprised to find out that I was really into acting, singing, and dancing all the way through high school. I have videos of my old performances that they would probably find pretty entertaining!


What is your favorite book, movie, and band/performer?

This is always changing depending on what kind of mood I’m in and what new books or music are out. My most recent favorite book is "A Woman is No Man" by Etaf Rum. Beyoncé is definitely my go-to musical artist, and I love any and all of the Star Wars movies.


What constitutes a “good day” at school for you?

A “good day” at school involves a lot of laughter! I always leave school with a full heart when we successfully combine learning with some fun and joy.


How did your own school experience influence your teaching career?

I always loved learning and school when I was younger. I wanted to become a teacher, so I would play “school” at home and plan out lessons for my imaginary class. As I got older, I realized that access to a high quality education is a key factor in a young person’s life trajectory. This is what really solidified my decision to become an educator. 


What is the single most important thing you hope to impart to your students?

I think the most important thing I try to impart to my students is that “compared with love, malice is a small and petty thing” (they better remember this quote from "The Wednesday Wars"!). I truly believe that practicing love and kindness fills us up and ultimately helps us lead more satisfying lives.