Introducing Oakwood's BIPOC Joy Alumni Spotlight Series initiated by the Oakwood Alumni Council! In this series we will be checking in with Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) alumni to find out where life has taken them, what they're passionate about, and more. First up is Lauren White from the class of 2010. Stay tuned for more Spotlights in the coming months!
What are you up to?/Where has life taken you?
I graduated from Alfred University in 2014 and immediately took a teaching job working at an all-girls Boarding School on Jeju Island in South Korea. I was a dorm parent and a Kindergarten teacher that year. It was an incredible experience that was both challenging and rewarding. The following year I was offered a job working at an International school in Stuttgart, Germany. I lived there for two years, learned the language, and taught Kindergarten and Design Technology in the Elementary school. I learned a lot in those two years, which led me to my current position at the American International School of Budapest in Hungary. At AISB, I get to collaborate with teachers who are as passionate as I am about Reggio Emilia and Inquiry-based learning.
What is your biggest accomplishment thus far, OR what are you most proud of right now?
Right now, my most significant accomplishment has been running the Early Childhood Department at my current school while also being the youngest and only woman of color on staff. I am also incredibly proud of myself for the languages that I have acquired while abroad. I understand Korean, speak German, and I am currently learning Hungarian.
Upcoming projects/ events/ campaigns.
I am excited that my school is interested in raising awareness and looking to implement change around Diversity, equity, and Inclusion. For international schools, recognizing these areas are big steps that need to be taken.
If you could say anything to your high school self, what would it be?
I would tell myself to be patient with myself and that everybody moves at a different pace.