Westlake High School
Westlake Village, California
Influenced by her mother’s career as a nurse midwife, Sophie Lambert entered college intent on pursuing a career in medicine. It wasn’t until her junior year that she realized that what she really cared about was “teaching others about their health.” Sophie sees teaching as an incredibly challenging yet rewarding profession, “one that requires all of who I am every day.”
Sophie’s favorite teaching moments have been her lessons on the cell cycle and cancer. Seeing every student’s hand go up in her class when she asked who has been affected by cancer was powerful. It also motivated her students to really care about what they were learning. “I was proud to think that I might be teaching not only the next generation of cancer biologists and researchers, but informed citizens and consumers.”
A Leonore Annenberg Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellow, Sophie strongly believes that teachers are not the educators of our future, but rather the educators of our present: “Youth are capable of so much more than society often gives them credit for.” As a KSTF Fellow, Sophie is excited to benefit from the opportunities to collaborate with other teachers and reflect on her practice.
Sophie earned a BS in human biology from Stanford University. She is a graduate of the Stanford Teacher Education Program and a recipient of the Stanford University Centennial Teaching Award. As a sophomore, she spent a semester in Ecuador interning with a gynecologist at a medical clinic and worked with traditional birth attendants. Sophie will be starting her teaching career at Sequoia High School in the San Francisco Bay Area helping English language learners develop English proficiency and experience rich curriculum.