When Lauren Lynn thought about her future plans, she knew one thing was certain – she wanted to help others.
“I’ve always had a passion for people, and I always saw myself helping others, so when I was deciding on a major program to pursue, elementary education seemed to be a natural fit,” she said. “Maybe I won’t always be in the classroom, but I do think that being in the education field is starting me in the place I want to go in my career.”
Since coming to CMU for the teaching program, said Lauren, she’s been given incredible opportunities she couldn’t find elsewhere.
“My favorite thing about CMU is all the connections that I’ve made, personally and professionally, and all the opportunities that I’ve had. I’ve been able to present at a few national conferences, I’ve met a lot of awesome people, and I’ve made a lot of friends here, all because of CMU.”
Lauren recently had the chance to present at a national conference in Washington, D.C., after working with faculty member Jim McDonald and other members of her class on an interdisciplinary lesson plan.
The group created a lesson plan that integrated math, science and social studies as part of a co-teaching workshop course. They presented it to a fourth grade class in Clare, MI.
“They said we did an amazing job and integrated all the areas flawlessly, so we were asked to present our lesson plan at the National Professional Development Schools Conference in D.C.,” said Lauren.
As for future plans, Lauren knows that she wants to be a classroom teacher for a few years after graduation, but would like to eventually move on to a role in urban education or community development.
“I just want to be able to advocate for everyone. In my life, I’ve had some really amazing people advocate for me, and I want to make sure that everyone has that opportunity, no matter where they come from, or what their circumstances are. I want to be that voice for people that can’t necessarily advocate for themselves.”
Lauren is a dancer in the popular performance piece called Humanity, created by a fellow CMU student.
She's also involved in Leadership Safari, Alternative Breaks and Lunch Buddies.
Lauren plans to pursue a master's degree in community development after graduation.