Meet your teacher: Lauren East

Grade/Subject at what school: Eighth grade Spanish, Westfield Middle School

Number of years teaching: Four

Background/Schooling (college & high school):

Zionsville High School. Indiana University – majored in psychology and Spanish, master’s degree in teaching, Marian University.

Why did you become a teacher? “I grew up in a family of educators. My mom teaches middle school math, and my dad is a principal. I guess you could say teaching is in my blood. I’ve always had a passion for helping kids become the best version of themselves. Teaching allows me to help students in that process every day.”

What goals do you have for your students? “The goals I have for my students fall into two main categories. First, I want to develop my students’ global competency. Foreign language does so much to open up doors of thought to both communication and culture. However, my second goal for my students is the one that is dearer to my heart. It is extremely important to me that all my students are happy, healthy people.  I want my students to invest themselves in their passions, whether that be foreign language, a sport, music, STEM or something else entirely. I want my students to know and feel secure in their personal worth.”

What do you encourage parents to do at home to help their children strengthen particular skills? “Help your student develop a growth mindset. Remind them that success comes from effort, and not just raw talent. Help them to see mistakes as opportunities for learning and growth. I see more and more kids feeling a lot of pressure to be perfect. As someone who can also get caught up in perfectionism, I think it’s so important that we teach kids to honor and acknowledge the learning process, rather than just the end result.”

Name your favorite movie. “Disney’s ‘Up’”

Name your favorite musician or band. Train

What’s something your students might not know about you? “I grew up riding dirt bikes with my dad and younger brother on the weekends.”