Lauren Coppinger, Early Education & Care, Stoughton, Class of 2021

 A senior in Southeastern’s Early Education and Care vocational program, Lauren Coppinger (Stoughton), is one of the top ten seniors this year. Lauren is a very involved student in the Southeastern school community. As soon as she was accepted into Southeastern, she knew she wanted to get involved in all the different opportunities that Southeastern offered. In an interview with Lauren she said, “During my time at Southeastern, I knew and made sure to participate in as many extracurricular and sports as possible. I knew from the day I stepped foot in Southeastern that I wanted to get involved.” When Lauren was asked about the extracurricular activities and sports she participated in, she responded, “The extracurricular and sports that I participated in include basketball, softball, the field hockey club as well as the home cooking club.”

Not only did Lauren come to Southeastern for extracurricular activities, but also to participate in Southeastern’s outstanding vocational programming. After exploring the school’s many vocational offerings, Lauren enrolled in the Early Education and Care program. When she talked about her experience she said, “I chose my [vocational program], Early Education and Care, because I have wanted to become a teacher for as long as I can remember. I have always felt a career of working with children was the path meant for me.” Lauren is also grateful for all the opportunities Early Education and Care has given her. Lauren stated, “My [vocational program] has given me many incredible opportunities. One being able to work hands-on with children in the center. If I had not gone to Southeastern, I would not have been given this opportunity . . . [of] working hands-on with children [and] I don’t just mean in the Early Education [program] itself. As a junior in high school, myself along with…my fellow classmates were able to get the experience of going out on an externship. We were able to work hands-on in an elementary classroom setting. The classroom that I was working in was a bilingual kindergarten classroom where the students were able to speak both English and Spanish. This was an incredible opportunity that I will never forget.” Lauren achieved many accomplishments in her vocational program. During an interview where Lauren expressed her love for the Early Education and Care program she said, “There have been many assignments/achievements that I have made that I am proud of. Some that stand out to me the most are receiving my OSHA and CPR certifications.”

Lauren also has a job and does volunteer work. She currently works as a cashier at Shaw’s in Canton and volunteers in the community each year. Lauren said, “I am a member of the National Honor Society. With being a member of the National Honor Society, I have been able to participate in different community service events. Last year, I volunteered at the Special Olympics bowling tournament at Westgate Lanes. This was an incredible experience and I am so happy that I was able to be a part of it. I have also volunteered at Christmas in the City with my CCD class as well as volunteering with my family every year at My Brother’s Keeper in Easton.”

When asked about her future, she said, “In the fall, I will be attending the University of Delaware where I will be majoring in Elementary Education. I will get my Master’s degree in Elementary Ed to become an elementary school teacher.” Lauren hopes to move forward in the career of teaching which she was first exposed to as a student in Southeastern.

As Lauren’s high school experience comes to an end, she reflected on her freshman year. When asked what advice she would give her freshman self, she responded, “If I were to give my freshman self one piece of advice, it would probably be to live in the present moment more. I feel like when we are younger, we are always thinking about the future and the next steps for ourselves that sometimes we will forget to just stop, think and admire the present moment that we are in.” Lauren is grateful for her high school experience at Southeastern and thankful for the variety of opportunities she was able to take part in.

The Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical School District consists of a four-year public high school and a post-secondary technical institute. The high school offers twenty career majors to students from Brockton, East Bridgewater, Easton, Foxboro, Mansfield, Norton, Sharon, Stoughton, and West Bridgewater.

Written by Delilah Jusino, Legal & Protective Services, Stoughton