Staff Spotlight: Mr. Lampman
Cristo Rey Richmond would not be able to educate young people of limited economic means to become men and women of faith, purpose and service without our dedicated and passionate faculty & staff. In an effort to recognize our educators, we will begin a series of Faculty & Staff Spotlights!
Q: Where are you originally from?
A: Lynchburg, VA
Q: What was your favorite subject in high school? And why?
A: History (of course!)! I enjoyed the story-telling nature of history. I was, and am, fascinated at the fact that one decision, one event, one invention, one cause could have such a major impact on generations that would follow. The fact that a connective line can be traced from the history of China or Africa or Mesopotamia to our lives, politics and culture here in America is captivating. Lastly, the stories of average men and women who achieved greatness and, in doing so, changed the nature of peoples’ lives around the world is a powerful testimonial to the capabilities God has given us all.
Q: Where did you go to college? And, what did you study there?
A: I earned my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. I received my undergraduate degree in history with a minor in physical education. I went on to earn my Master’s degree in Secondary Education.
Q: What is your favorite part about working at CRR?
A: The people. My colleagues and my students’ personalities keep me smiling, happy and excited about teaching at a place with so many wonderful scholars, educators, staff and administrators!
Q: What does the “Cristo Rey Way” mean to you??
A: Cristo Rey is a chance and a choice. It’s a chance to build a road that doesn’t currently exist. Our students can, quite literally, be pioneers and trailblazers as they embark upon their own path for a bright, brilliant future. It’s a choice because the tools needed to take advantage of the opportunity provided is an absolute choice. Students must make a choice. Every teacher, administrator and staff member has made a choice to help give students this “chance”. Students must make a decision to sacrifice, to be challenged and to rise to the challenge. Cristo Rey is a choice that will lead to many great chances for our students and their families!
Q: What is your favorite memory at CRR so far?
A: I have truly enjoyed every conversation, every one-on-one, I have had the pleasure and honor of sharing with the students. They make me smile and laugh every day. I love them!
Q: Who is your biggest mentor and/or inspires you? Why? A:My greatest mentors are my former teachers. I didn’t know it at the time but they were teaching me how to teach challenging, tough subjects and content while establishing strong connections with their students.
Q: What advice do you have for CRR students as they continue to focus on getting to and through college?
A: I would stress to them an acceptance of what they are doing, that doing this is tough. I know that many students understand there are sacrifices, challenges, and hard work is a part of Cristo Rey but many still have not accepted that anything worth achieving is worth working hard to achieve. This concept is true of every challenge in life and it’s one of the greatest tools they will leave Cristo Rey with when they go to college.