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Faculty Spotlight: Lauren Brody-Clarke

Name: Lauren Brody-Clarke
Preferred Pronouns: She/her
Title: Director of Performing Arts/Arts Coordinator
Grade(s) Taught: 4th-8th, after school musical 1st-5th
What year did you start working at Marin Horizon/HCS? 2016
What school(s) did you attend? UCLA Theater/Film & Television major, minor Musical Theater; NYU Business Management for Non-profit Organizations and Theater Education.
Why did you want to become a teacher? The future rests in the hands of the youth.  Education is the key to progress and enlightenment for this world, and I want to help be a part of that. It's very fulfilling to be able to make change for the positive and teach something that brings such joy to so many. Kids are awesome and hilarious and full of such complex emotions, great for performing on stage!
What continues to inspire and drive you to teach? Every time we are in cast circle before a performance and everyone is SO EXCITED and nervous and so thankful they get to be in the show. Despite the difficult rehearsal process, memorization and maybe even doubts about wanting to be on stage at first, they are so glad to be a part of the performance—that's inspiring to me.
What’s your favorite thing about being a teacher/working at a school? I get to be involved in a huge community, and be a part of or witness so many different subjects and types of performance. From historical middle school debates, to pumpkin launches, Halloween parades, camp outs etc.
How have you adapted as a teacher during COVID-19? Incorporating technology for positivity and creativity. Creating virtual Shakespeare performances. Creating movie musical sequels.
Why Marin Horizon/HCS? Marin Horizon values arts education, just as much as it values other subjects like Math, English and Science.
What has been your experience at Marin Horizon so far? Fabulous! The families I've gotten close with over the years, and my work colleagues, are close friends. Everyone here is a fantastic human being, helping shape small fantastic human beings for the big world.
Which of our Pillars resonates with you the most and why? (We are insatiably curious, We are complex thinkers, We embrace challenge, We are active community members, We have a voice) We embrace challenge and We have a voice. Challenge is part of life, you have to face it head on and learn that you can get through it and successfully. What this world needs always is strong, compassionate voices. If we can help create future leaders, that can help create future progress and positive change, then that's the school I want to be a part of.
Do you have any hobbies? Other than performing and singing...scuba diving, traveling to exotic places, sailing, cooking and ukulele.
Is there any book that has had a particular impact on you? East of Eden by John Steinbeck. I read it in high school, I thought the story was incredible and so engrossing, I couldn't put the book down. Recently Trevor Noah's book Born a Crime has been a book that has stuck with me and moved me greatly.
Where did you grow up? Where do you live now? St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands is where I grew up. I now live in the East Bay in Albany/Kensington.
Is there anything else you want people to know about you? I was raised speaking Spanish. I have 2 children.
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