BY CADY KUZMICH
CLIFTON PARK — When Caity Lamb’s sister was struggling with third-grade math and couldn’t find a tutor, the 13-year-old Acadia Middle School student decided to take matters into her own hands.
Lamb has since compiled lists of available tutors in the area on a website she created.
Lamb, who is now in eighth grade, moved with her parents, Matt and Robin, to Clifton Park from Long Island when she was 2 years old. She now shares their home with younger siblings Emmy and Danny and a 16-year-old miniature poodle named Buddy.
Only recently entering her teenage years, Lamb is already deeply involved in the Clifton Park community. Her drive to help struggling students connect with tutors who can coach them through difficult concepts is just one example of her thoughtfulness and devotion to helping others. While she is highly involved in her local community, Lamb’s focus extends beyond municipal borders. She also is passionate about making change in the global community, specifically by pursuing marine biology.
These days Lamb is rehearsing with an ensemble for an upcoming performance of “The Lion King Jr.” She is also an active member of Girl Scout Troop 2775. And she is exploring different types of dance by taking classes at World Class Dance in Clifton Park. On top of all this, Lamb’s exemplary grades have earned her membership in the National Junior Honor Society.
A question-and-answer session with Lamb:
Q: What sort of activities or clubs are you involved in?
A: I take two dance classes, Irish Step Dancing & Theater Tap at World Class Dance. I’m in the middle school play [“The Lion King Jr.”]. I’m also a member of the Junior Honor Society and Eureka! through Girls Inc.
Q: Can you describe what Eureka! is for those who aren’t familiar with the program?
A: It’s a STEM program for girls. Most of it takes place over the summer. During the day we do labs in the morning and talk about different topics. Once we talked about stereotypes. After that we go to UAlbany for something like gym. Sometimes we do basketball or kickball, or other activities. On Fridays we go on field trips.
Q: How long have you been involved with the Girl Scouts? Can you tell me a bit about your experience as a Girl Scout?
A: I’ve been a Girl Scout since kindergarten. Through Girl Scouts, I am creating Shen Tutors for my Silver Award project. I created it because my younger sister, Emmy, needed a tutor for math when she was in third grade. When my mom looked for a tutor through the district office, she was directed to the counseling office in Tesago, but they told her that the list was no longer kept. After that, it got even harder to find a tutor. I started to think that if my sister was having such a hard time with this, other people must be struggling as well. So, to prevent this problem from arising for anyone else, I decided to create Shen Tutors to help those with this same problem.
Q: What are you most passionate about and why?
A: I am extremely passionate about saving the oceans. I’d like to be a marine biologist one day.
Q: What are your hopes and dreams for the future? Anything in particular you’d like to explore?
A: I’d like to be a marine biologist one day. I am hoping that by doing that I could save endangered species that live in the ocean, and try to clean them up.
Q: What’s your favorite movie or book? Why?
A: I like all of the “Jurassic Park” movies because I like dinosaurs and find the movies kind of funny, like when the lawyer is eaten in the first one. I have many favorite books. My favorite author is Rick Riordan.
Q: What are you most proud of?
A: Getting into National Junior Honor Society.
Q: We all feel the crunch of time. I imagine you’ve experienced that, too. What would you do if you had an extra hour in the day?
A: I would read even more. It is one of my favorite pastimes, and I just love finding an entire new world with new people in so many books.
Q: Who’s your favorite teacher? Why are they your favorite?
A: I have had many favorite teachers. One was Mrs. Rosney, who taught social studies. Another was Mrs. Potter, who taught my critical inquiry class in sixth grade. My other favorite teacher was Mrs. Griswold, who taught my Latin class in seventh grade.