Staff Spotlight: Lawrence, Educational Consultant
by Ana Homayoun on
Category: Inspirational Q & A
A graduate of Stanford University, Lawrence works with students on math, science, writing, organizational skills, and SAT prep. During his time as an undergraduate, Lawrence volunteered at the local Boys and Girls Club, served as a college application mentor for the nonprofit organization The Phoenix Scholars, and helped coach middle school kids at Stanford Boys Basketball Camp. Lawrence continues to participate in various community service and mentoring programs throughout the Bay Area. In his spare time, Lawrence enjoys playing basketball and piano, both of which he’s been involved with since he was a toddler.
- What is one thing about you that no one could guess just by looking at you?
People can’t tell that I’m a really passive person. Sometimes I might look intimidating, but really I am very shy and avoid confrontation, always looking to say the right thing and not stir up trouble.
- Who is your most significant role model and why?
My most significant role model is my little sister, because she is never afraid to speak up about what she believes in, and always tells people the truth. Somehow, even if it’s a painful truth, she manages to tell them in a nice way. She’s a great example of someone who stands up for what she believes in, and is also someone who is happy with the person she is.
- What is one new thing you want to learn in 2018 and why?
I want to learn the “Pirates of the Caribbean” theme song on the piano. I have had the sheet music for over two years, but I have avoided it because I’m rusty. I often reflect on how good I used to be at the piano, and don’t want to play the song because initially, I know it won’t sound the way I want it to. My goal is to focus on how good it will eventually sound after a lot of practice, instead of how terrible it might sound when I first start.
- What do you do in your free time?
In my free time I play basketball and video games, watch the cartoon Steven Universe, participate in community service with my fraternity, and hang out with friends. This year, I want to spend more time working out during the week and seeing my family on the weekends.
- What do you love most about your work at Green Ivy?
I love helping students realize that they have always had the power to be successful; they just needed the right tools to harness that power to create that success. More often than not, students don’t know why they’re struggling because they don’t know the right questions to ask. The retrospective conversations I’ve had with my students, where they recognize changes in their academic habits that they can make, have ultimately helped them reach their goals. Knowing that I helped make a positive difference for them is what I cherish the most.
Best invention of all time: MP3 Player
Favorite breakfast item: Hash browns
Best book you read in 2017: Hamilton
What role would you play in a rock band (lead singer, back up vocals, drummer, guitarist): Bassist
Three words your friends would use to describe you: Caring, Corny, Diligent