Ms. Lauren Smith
Special Education Instructional Staff
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Hello and welcome! My name is Lauren Smith. I am absolutely thrilled to be a member of the Summit Academy Special Education team, especially in my most recent role as a remote learning instructor. While I am able to wear a variety of hats on both the jr. high and elementary campuses, my priority remains the same: to support and empower growth in each student where they are, as they are, unconditionally.
I am a self-defined lifelong learner; passionately curious about the entirety of the complex world around us. My professional academic background is in Special Education, Social and Emotional Learning, Women's/Gender Studies, and Legal Studies.
"The beautiful thing about learning, is that no one can take it away from you." -B.B. King
I am passionate about social justice, culturally responsive-sustaining education, and encouraging active civic engagement. Furthermore, I profoundly believe in the critical importance of embracing neurodiversity to be able to effectively meet and understand individuals where and as they are; there is no one size fits all approach to successful learning.
"No significant learning occurs without a significant relationship." -Dr. James Comer
Originally, I am from Northeast Ohio. After living along the east coast, I moved to the Phoenix valley. When I am not teaching or furthering my education, my interests include: spending time with my family, animal/wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, social activism, sustainable gardening, wildlife conservation, photography, and painting.