Being an elementary school teacher is on the mind of one Ponderosa High School graduate and Jenna Lambert, 18, of Cameron Park, is well on her way to obtaining her goal.
“I really like working with young kids,” she said. “I helped coach the Blue Oak Elementary School cross-country team and the last three summers I worked at a kids camp for the Cameron Park CSD. I like tutoring and that type of stuff and have always wanted to be a teacher. I picked elementary because I like working with the younger kids.”
As a student at Ponderosa, Lambert kept busy as she participated in cross-country, basketball, track. She did marching band her freshman year. Lambert also was in Key Club and served as vice-president in her senior year. She was also involved the California Scholarship Federation — all while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average.
That hard work prepared her for her time at Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah, where she currently takes six classes and on Thursdays she volunteers at a local elementary school and helps kids with their homework after school.
Lambert is majoring in elementary education and taking such courses as physical science and an art class and music class and other classes.
Lambert laughed as she said the climate in Utah took her by surprise, but living in a city is appealing.
“It’s really cold but you get used to it,” she said. “It’s more like a city and that’s really cool. Cameron Park is kind of like a small town and Provo, the city, has a lot of people because it’s a college town. There are 30,000 kids that go to my school now instead of like 2,000 in high school. That’s a big difference — not knowing everybody on campus.”
She also said attending the college is different because students have less class time and more homework to do.
But all in all, Lambert is excited by the college experience and is involved in an intramural soccer team. She also likes hanging out with her new friends.