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email:  lolander@polk.k12.ga.us

678-757-1479

Hello! My name is Lauren Olander and I teach 6th  grade ELA at Rockmart Middle School.  I have been teaching for 15 years.  I spent the first 2 years of my career in elementary school, and when I took a job teaching middle school, I knew that was where I was meant to be.  I love getting to know my students each year and seeing how much they grow up in their 3 years of middle school.

I am a graduate of Jacksonville State University and Thomas University where I earned a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, a Master's degree in Special Education, and my Ed.S in Teacher Leadership.

 I believe that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. It is my desire as a educator to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas. There are three elements that I believe are conducive to establishing such an environment, (1) the teacher acting as a guide, (2) allowing the child's natural curiosity to direct his/her learning, and (3) promoting respect for all things and all people.