GouldSPOTLIGHT: Lauren Head

January 30, 2018

Metalsmithing with Winter Term students

Name: Lauren Head

High School: Mt Greylock Regional High School, Williamstown, MA

College/Grad School: Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and a great education at Craft Institutions such as Haystack Mountain School of Craft and Penland Craft School

Climbing mountains with Bob in the Cascade Range.

What are your roles at Gould?
At Gould, I am a teacher who likes to have fun and make people smile, who likes to empower kids by having them learn hands-on skills that often involve fire. I do and live what I teach. Currently, I teach art, coach alpine ski racing, and tennis, and co-direct the Tenth Grade Four Point Program. I am an advisor, a parent of a ninth-grader named Alexander, and am married to a great guy named Bob.

Proudest Achievement: Hearing about/seeing the work of Alumni who have become really good at what they do: professional artists, professional skiers, parents, you name it.

Having fun with the plasma cutter in the blacksmithing shop.

Last book I read: I got absorbed in the book H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald. It is a very interesting and well-written book and I encourage others to read it as well.

My soundtrack is: Right now I am enjoying listening to upbeat music from musicians/bands that have a “k” in their name. Cake, Beck, Pink.

Movie I would recommend: The Sound Of Music is my all time favorite. It has it all: Stunning scenery, adventure, risk, love, evil, beauty, happiness, dancing, and catchy tunes.

Favorite food: Maple syrup is good.

One word that describes me: Playfulandcurious . There, that is one word.

Winter Termers exhibiting symptoms of cabin fever.

Best advice I ever received: Listen well and be open to advice. Surround yourself with good people.

Why Gould?
Strong connections to the community and the natural world (big outdoor playground), the food is pretty good, plus it often feels like family.

What’s the last thing you crossed off your bucket list?
I think it was a nice stainless steel bucket. Something I really want to do right now is go skiing in the Northern Islands of Japan.

The top of Cadillac in Acadia is always hopping.

What are your interests/hobbies?
I have way too many to list. Basically; making stuff, doing just about anything outdoors, spending time with family and friends, connecting people with other people. I also must admit that sometimes I am interested in just sitting still and enjoying the moment.

What animal do you most identify with?
My old dog Tonka. He was curious, kind, independent, mischievous and a bit goofy.

Ready to set gates

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