Get to know this English teacher and Pep Club Advisor!
This is the sixth installment of The Spartan Times’ series, The Teacher Feature, which shares with our readers more insight into the teachers who lead us each day.
In honor of Homecoming week, we thought it was a perfect time to feature our Pep Club Advisor, Lauren Roy, who also teaches three grades of English (freshmen, juniors and seniors) and helps out with cheering. Mrs. Roy is a huge face behind our school spirit during homecoming week: the fun crowd themes for the home games, increasing school spirit online with the @SanfordPepClub Instagram, and organizing and running our Pep Rally, and more.
While this is Mrs. Roy’s second consecutive year at Sanford, she is no stranger to the community. Mrs. Roy is a Sanford High School Graduate (’10) and taught here for four years before another four-year hiatus at Thornton Academy, but is back and more ready than ever to make Sanford her long-term home.
Here’s some information and fun facts you may not have known about her:
Tell us a little bit about yourself:
I am born and raised in Sanford (GO SPARTANS!) and reside here with my husband, dog, cat, and chickens. I attended The University of New England and now work as an Adjunct Professor there teaching Education majors how to use Tech in the Classroom.
If you could describe yourself in 3 words what would they be?
Social, Relaxed, Empathetic.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I waitress at a restaurant in Wells outside of school and love it! I run into students at the gym quite often, but am more likely to be found spending time with friends and family in town, too. I love to travel and have been working on doing more of that over the past few years with friends and I can’t wait to go more places. I can’t leave out that I help coach Cheering here and have a blast with our team in the Winter season.
What is your favorite and least favorite part about living and teaching in Maine?
I love the back-to-school vibes in the Fall, it is so exciting and the fact we have four seasons really helps energize me during the Spring semester too. Summer feels all that much sweeter. I don’t care for the snowy treks into school but can’t turn down a good snow day.
What made you want to become a teacher?
I love being around young energy and building positive relationships that help kids form their futures. It has been a joy to see former students come back and intern, ask for a reference, or just reach out to tell me what they’ve been up to. The teenage years are memorable (for good or bad) and being a part of so many people’s lives as a positive person is something I really try to do.
How long have you been teaching at Sanford? What do you like about teaching here? (Is there anything you dislike about it?)
I taught here for four years interrupted by a brief hiatus and this is my second year back.
Where else have you taught? And, if you could teach one other subject or class, what would it be?
I have taught much of the ELA courses offered at SHS but in my time away I taught teachers how to use technology and best teaching practices at Thornton Academy. If I could teach anything else I would teach a class about working in the Service/Hospitality Industry in Maine or I would want to be Mr. Soule’s teacher aid to witness what it’s like to really educate children.
Is there anything else about you that you’d like our readers to know about you? Or do you have a favorite quote you’d like to share?
I am so happy to be home working at SHS again.