Faculty Spotlight: Mrs. Lawrie Stamatiades

Mrs. Stamatiades has taught first grade at Mason Prep for 18 years.

Why do you teach?
My simple answer is that I love working with children, and I love helping them realize their potential. Before becoming a teacher, I worked at the Chamber of Commerce as a liaison between area businesses and the tri-county school districts. In that role, I visited schools weekly and found that I most enjoyed any interaction with young children. I saw that teaching would give me an opportunity to have a more direct impact on their lives. I specifically love teaching first grade and witnessing students grasp a concept like reading for the first time.

Why do you teach at Mason Prep?
I love the families at Mason Prep and the feeling of unity between parents, children, and teachers. My own children attended Mason Prep before I started teaching here. When I first visited the school, I saw dedicated faculty, students with a love of learning, and a focus on respect and kindness. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to teach in a school that focused on these values along with strong academics. Over the years, I also have formed wonderful friendships with my coworkers, which speaks to the close family-like environment we have at Mason Prep.

What do you want your students to get from having known you?
Aside from helping them realize their potential, I would say I want them to realize that mistakes are OK and part of the learning process. A mistake is a mistake until you fix it. You learn from those mistakes. I also want to help students think for themselves and be good problem solvers.

What is the most important life lesson that you want your students to take from your grade level?
The most important life lesson is to always choose kindness. In first grade, we learn to be “bucket fillers” every day, which means filling others’ “buckets” with kind thoughts and actions. Your interaction with others is something that affects you long term – cooperative learning is a big focus in today’s generation. But mostly, it’s just important to be kind. No one will remember if you were the best speller in the class or the top reader, but people will always remember your kindness.

What do you like to do for fun?
Read and sing! My students often laugh at me because I always say, “This is my favorite book,” and they say back, “Mrs. Stamatiades, you have too many favorite books!” I also like to travel. I especially enjoyed traveling to Greece with my husband’s family, who, as my last name suggests, are Greek!

Any interesting facts about yourself?
• Both of my children graduated from Mason Prep. I was born in raised in Charleston.
• I grew up in a home that was essentially a neighborhood animal hospital. If people ever found hurt animals, they would bring them to us. At one point, we had a baby peacock with a broken leg that my father made a cast for. We had raccoons, a hawk, a hummingbird that would hover above our dining room table, and lots of ducks too. We also had a pet squirrel that would sit on our shoulders.
• My husband is my high school sweetheart.
• I was a journalism major in college.

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