Director of Career and Technical Education | Greater Lawrence Technical School
Massachusettes Site | USA
Lauren Jones has had the privilege of serving the Greater Lawrence Technical School (GLTS) in Andover, MA for the past 11 years. Having spent the first 10 years in the Architectural and Engineering Industry as a Project Designer and Manager, Lauren was fortunate enough to merge her passion for education with her technical expertise, initially joining the GLTS team as an Architectural Drafting Instructor. Her commitment to exceptional instruction in vocational education led her to serve on projects and initiatives, including the Massachusetts Program Frameworks and the Model Curriculum Project for the Massachusetts Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Now in her 6th year in an administrative role, Lauren serves the District as the Director of Career and Technical Education. In this role she has supported and collaborated with the outstanding GLTS team in the development of rigorous and relevant learning experiences to foster students’ growth toward becoming lifelong learners, critical thinkers and community leaders. Her passion for education is apparent in this administrative role—she aims to empower teachers through a common goal and vision, to foster opportunities for growth, and to establish a trusting and supportive relationship between faculty and administration.
Lauren resides in Hamilton, Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband and nine-year-old twins. A close-knit community, their home allows Lauren to foster her children’s interests—from horseback riding, computer coding, family dance parties and musical performances. In 2007 Lauren founded a unique non-profit organization called The Musary, a library of musical instruments. She is proud to say the organization continues to grow and has stayed true to the mission of providing instruments to anyone, “no strings attached.” She is most comfortable in the White Mountains where she enjoys skiing, snowshoeing, or just being able to take a deep breath with her family.
Lauren is eager to join the Compassionate Systems certification program as she believes, now more than ever, it is paramount to prioritize and promote community and society growth. She is passionate about expanding the Compassionate Systems Framework within the GLTS community and is looking forward to leading and implementing viable solutions for sustained progress and growth. The excitement to be able to operate more strategically and with more purpose as a whole community is immeasurable. Lauren hopes to spearhead a new commitment of wellbeing and compassion for herself, the GLTS students, and to the school community as a whole.