Lauren McLean is a Second Grade Lead Teacher for Alma’s Frederick Douglass Campus.
What made you decide to join the Crew at Alma?
I decided to join Alma because I deeply believe in the school’s mission to put all New Bedford students on the path to a successful future! I was also drawn in by Alma’s commitment to excellence and holding students and teachers to high standards. When I came to visit the school, the energy in the building was contagious, and felt like home right away.
What do you hope to contribute to Alma?
I plan to dedicate myself fully to my students, helping them each day to grow into empowered individuals and engaged members of our community. I also hope to continue to improve my own practice as an educator, while working as a part of a collaborative and supportive team.
What teacher made a difference in your life, and how?
My high school art teacher, Ms. LaStella. She saw me as a whole individual and really showed me that she cared about my success and wellbeing in and out of the classroom. She always celebrated my successes, and pushed me to challenge myself to find my own voice, and fearlessly express my own ideas.
Why did you become involved in education?
Teaching is a second career for me, and I came to it because of a strong desire to work in a field in which I can make a tangible difference in the lives of others. I whole heartedly believe in the project of creating more equitable access to high quality education for all students, regardless of circumstance, and feel grateful that I get to work each day in service of that goal.
Where did you go to college or post-secondary school?
I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado in Boulder, and just completed my Master’s degree in teaching from the Sposato Graduate School of Education in Boston.
What did you like about your college?
My graduate program, Sposato GSE was both rigorous and highly supportive. I loved the emphasis the program placed on teaching practice rather than just theory; setting me up with practical tools to utilize in the classroom.
What is your favorite food?
I love a good veggie and tofu stir fry.
What is your favorite book?
All things Eastern philosophy / religion.