New Teacher Profile – Mr. Lambert

Leslie Loeza, Staff writer

Mr. Lambert is one of the new staff members, this year, at St. Joseph High School. He is a teacher in the Religion department and he currently teaches Religion III and has one Religion I class. I asked Mr. Lambert a few questions so that you may get to know him better.


Q: Why did you become a teacher?

A: “I’ve been around education my whole life and I’ve seen the good, the bad, and the otherwise and it means something to me,” said Mr. Lambert. “I am a fourth generation teacher. I think that it’s very important to help young people start understanding very difficult things about life. There are many okay or mediocre teachers, but there are very few great teachers, okay. I have had a couple of great teachers that have helped me in my life and work tremendously. I feel that, to a certain degree, I owe something. I need to pay it forward.”


Q: What brought you to St. Joseph High School?

A: “I was recommended by another teacher. That teacher was familiar with my background and what I had studied in the university. They knew I had a background both in English and Religious studies. One of the great things about Saint Joe’s is that the administrators, especially principal Hoover, are really open minded about letting their teachers have different styles, come from different backgrounds, and there is really given a lot of freedom to teach the way that I feel is most effective. I love the freedom given as a teacher. This school is far more diverse. There are people coming from all different ethnic backgrounds. That is what has really attracted me to this school.”


Q:  How long have you been a teacher?

A:  “Well, this is my first year at St. Joes. But I have been doing teaching and tutoring of various kinds in various environments for maybe the past four to five years. I have tutored AP, ACT testing, and technical and creative writing. I have even been a baseball instructor. As far as a strict classroom teacher, for a whole year, this is really my first proper year as a classroom teacher.”


Q: How would you describe yourself in three words?

A: “Compassionate, analytical, and sensitive. I’m kind of like a walking antenna. I am sensitive in both being an emotional person, but also being sensitive to a person’s body language, tone of voice, and facial expressions.”


Q: What do you do in your spare time?

A: “I read a lot! It’s the great passion of my life,” said Mr. Lambert. “I read both fiction and nonfiction. I read a lot about social and political issues. I read about all kinds of religions. I also watch a ton of films. I love art film, serious films, I like good popcorn Hollywood movies just as much as anyone else, but what I really love are movies that are really different either in style or content. I love sports! Especially Chicago sports. I don’t get to watch them as often as I’d like, but I am a big fan of major league baseball. I’m just a die-hard fan.”


Q: What’s your favorite food?

A: “If I were to do the last meal question, there is nothing that I love better than a big steak cooked medium rare. I don’t think I could ever be a vegetarian because I love steak.”


Q: What’s your favorite color?

A: “Purple! I think it’s a beautiful, soothing color. It makes me feel a certain way. We have connections visually with different things, especially colors. It has always been a color that is pleasing, very beautiful, and I just respond strongly to it. It’s calming.”


Q: Do you like the Saint Joes teacher dress code?

A: “I do. I like to dress up. One of my baseball coaches said, ‘If you look good, if you’re dressed for the part, you’ll play the part.’ I feel like even if there wasn’t a dress code for teachers, I would be wearing the same thing anyway. I like dressed clothes. I’m not a fashionista, but I like the way I look in a shirt and tie and I like the way I feel in them. I feel like a professional.”


Q: Do you have a favorite book? Why?

A:  “My favorite book, the book that I return to over and over again, is called The Brothers Karamazov and it is by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. I would say that above all, Dostoyevsky is also my favorite author because he wrote fiction. I love that book because every time I come back to it, I get something new out of it. It’s filled with tons of voices and different stories and they all weave in and out of each other. It’s a great spiritual novel. It deals with every kind of human suffering and human journey that you can ever imagine. If you were trying to fit, as a fiction writer, the story of a human being’s life or the average human life, all of the good and the bad, it is a fantastic novel for that. I come back to it all the time and find something new in it every time. It’s just a beautifully written novel.”