21st Century Media student submission by: Alex Lake
Video presented by: Smithville Media Network Broadcast Staff
Lauren Hanrion, a Smithville High School history teacher, is one of the most student favored staff members in the school, for her understanding of the generation. Being 28, she relates to most of the students and likes to be a sort of guidance to them. She takes time out to listen to her students and understand them and their home life. One of her main goals as a teacher is to not only lecture on history but to sneak in life lesson in her curriculum.
Hanrion grew up in a complicated and unique environment, having grown up with her completely deaf father and partially deaf mother. To communicate, Hanrion had to resort to attempting to learn sign language. After spending her early childhood learning to adapt, she was placed in the foster care system, and was never able to become fluent in sign language.
In addition to her complicated familial relationships, his part of her childhood faced her with a long-lasting and life-changing obstacle: Hanrion’s speech impediment. She grew up with a stutter, and need an aid in school to help her communicate and overcome. Needless to say, this set back did not stop her from pursuing her passions.
As a child, Hanrion was very inquisitive by nature, and had a strong urge to continue to learn new things. She knew from a young age that her future would lead her to an educational career field.
Going into college, Hanrion took out many student loans to study abroad, in the United Kingdom. She describes this as her worst regret, believing the reason she had such difficulties figuring out how to pursue a college education was that she did not have supportive parents.
“I didn’t have anybody.” She said, “So I just took it my own way. The student loans I took out was because I kept changing my mind on where I wanted to go.”
Despite the struggles getting there, Hanrion was able to complete her education with a master’s degree, and has been teaching history at Smithville for the past two school years. Hanrion blames her love for teaching half on her father, which was a teacher himself, and the other half on her love for culture. To Hanrion, culture is her passion.
“Teaching is definitely a job you have to love, to do it. It is definitely a passion.” Hanrion said. “Find your passion. Find what you love, and make a career out of it.”