Introducing Lauren Lauter

When I applied for this fellowship back in December of 2010, I had a sliver of hope that I would be where I am right now. I was teaching 3rd and 4th grade in Chicago, and had recently returned from a trip to India. I had reached a point in my 32 years where I felt ready, no insistent, on finding a niche and intersection for my passions in life. I want to teach. I want to learn. I want to travel. I want to be connected on the planet. I want to serve the communities I live in. I want to collaborate with families and engage children in learning about themselves and their world.

When I got word that AIF had accepted me, I immediately thought there had been a mistake. When the incredulousness wore off, I began to really become excited about the possibilities. I also became anxious about the challenges. How amazing will it be to continue the work I have done in the U.S. for the past 8 years and apply what I’ve learned within the setting of Mumbai? How much will I get to understand about the nature of urban education in an international context and best practices for meaningful teacher training? I felt an almost giddiness at the prospects of such an exchange and the chance to really share my knowledge and experience with Muktangan. 10 years when I was in India as a student, I wouldn’t have had that knowledge to impart.

I have also been plagued by fears and doubts. What if my knowledge doesn’t translate well within an Indian setting? Where will I live? Who and what will my support systems be? Most importantly, who am I, as a white American woman, to come to India and claim to serve her-will my colleagues accept this?

I expect to find out the answers to many of these questions. I expect to find new ones that may not have definitive answers. Overall, I feel extremely humbled and privileged to be here. I will miss my family, my dancing 4 year old nephew, singing in my car, my bicycle, extreme seasons and deep dish pizza from Gino’s. But it’s going to be totally worth it. That I think I know.

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5 thoughts on “Introducing Lauren Lauter

  1. Lauren! India is lucky to have you! This is bound to be a whirlwind of learning & loving. Let the India journey unfold! We can’t wait to hear your insights, grapple with the challenges, find a groovy Mumbai pad, and fill us in on all the details. You are so LOVED! xo

  2. Dear Lauren,

    In india, teachers are well respected.You will find the new meaning of techching here. Will follow your blogs. Welcome to India.


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