I'm Lauren Coffman. I am currently the Work Based Learning (WBL) Coordinator, as well as a Family and Consumer Science (FACS) teacher at Livingston Academy. I also currently serve on the State of Tennessee Work Based Learning Leadership Council.
I graduated from Livingston Academy in 2001. I immediately went on Tennessee Technological University, where I received a B.S. in Human Ecology with a concentration in Family and Consumer Sciences Education in 2005. I also obtained an endorsement in Commercial Food Preparation.
I gained my first real meaningful employment in 2005 at Warren County High School in McMinnville, TN. I taught Culinary Arts I and Culinary Arts II/III. At this job, I learned many things about what it means to be a teacher. I had students that tested my limits, and showed me my weaknesses. I also had students that were amazing, and I'll never forget.
In 2008, to be closer to my home, I accepted a position at the Department of Children's Services as a Family Service Worker. I served Putnam, Jackson and Clay counties. Never in a million years would I have ever thought I'd be a social worker, but the job dealt with kids. Kids are my thing! Although this job was the most trying, stressful, anxiety-filled and tear-filled, it taught me a lot about being honest and up front at all times (even when it is hard).
Finally, in 2011, I accepted a position at my alma mater (LA) as a Work Based Learning Coordinator as well as a FACS educator. I was (and still am) so excited to be teaching alongside teachers that I had the pleasure of having in class (I still can't call these teachers by their first names-I still use Mrs./Mr./Coach).
Last year, I took on a new role with the State of Tennessee as a Work Based Learning Leadership Council member. As a group, we facilitate trainings around the state to new WBL Coordinators. Also, we facilitate PLC meetings monthly to help new and seasoned WBL coordinators network. This job has absolutely pushed me to my limits. I've learned (the hard way) on how to be better presenter, and I've been encouraged by the best group of WBL Coordinators across the state!
I have two wonderful children, Rylee (13) and Ryder (6). They have me keeping the roads hot running them where they need to go! I also have a very supportive husband, Josh, without whom I would not be where I am today. He supported me through college, and through several job changes. He is most definitely the salt to my pepper!