Mrs. Leighton's Website

About Me

My name is Lauren Leighton. I live in Decatur Michigan, but I am originally from Paw Paw Michigan. I live with my husband Keith and our two dogs Twix and Shelby.  I am the Family Consumer Science teacher at Portland High School. I went to Kalamazoo Valley Community College and then went on to Western Michigan University, and I graduated with my major in Family Consumer Science and a minor in English. I enjoy being outside. My husband and I like to hunt, fish, and snowmobile. I also like to shop, read books, and I love listening to all types of music.

For Students

"You see things; and you say "why?" But I dream things that never were; and I say "Why not?" ~George Bernard Shaw

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Recommended Reading List for Students enlightened

  • Teen Fiction~ Confessions of Georgia Nicolson books by Louise Rennison.  These books are about a girl who writes in her diary everyday and she is from Europe. These books are comical and an easy read.
  • Teen Non-Fiction~Model A Memoir by Cheryl Diamond. This book is a true story based on a model's life and her ups and downs in the industry. This books also deals with eating disorders.
  • Teen Non-Ficition~Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter byAdeline Yen Mah. This is an autobiography about a true cinderella story.
  • Teen Fiction~The First Part Last by Angela Johnson. This story is about teen parenting and the males perspective.
  • Teen Fiction~The Hunger Games Series by Suzzane Collins. These books are not for the faint of heart. They are interesting and easy to read, but they take place in North America in the future. The society is very cruel and the make teens one boy and one girl fight to the death in the "hunger games".



For Parents

"There are two lasting bequests we can give our children.  One is roots.  The other is wings." ~Hodding Carter, Jr

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For Colleagues

"The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die." ~Edward Kennedy

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Recommended Reading List for Colleagues enlightened

  • Schools of Fish!: Welcome Back to the Reason You Became an Educator by Phillip Strand, John Christensen, and Andy Halper. ~This book talks about how to adapt the fish philosophy in your classroom.
  • The Courage to Teach by Parker Palmer. ~This book asks many questions and it makes a person look inside themselves. Also, it looks at why a person wants to be a teacher.