Porter Press

Staff Spotlight

Staff Spotlight is Lockport’s way of bringing recognition to staff members who stand out to students, and who truly make a difference! Shining a light on these staff members helps take their acts of kindness and pay it forward by sharing with the community. Our first staff spotlight for the year:

A Loving Staff Spotlight with Mr. Conway
Written by: Emily Thompson, Features Editor

What is your main role at LTHS?

I am the media specialist at the central campus.

What made you want to work at a high school?

I knew I wanted a career where I could have some kind of positive impact on the community. Teaching seemed like the right fit for me. I enjoy helping students learn, grow, and find their passion. Working in a high school also gives me Photo provided by Mr. Conway
the opportunity to learn on a daily basis. Each day presents new challenges, new joys, and new ideas to explore.

What did you want to become when you were younger?

I wanted to be a writer and a filmmaker when I was younger. I still do.

What inspires you to keep pushing forward?

I find inspiration everywhere. My family and friends are always a good source. I also find inspiration in art, books, film, and music. If I’m ever feeling like I want to give up on something, I can listen to “Keep on Pushing” by Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions and quickly I’m filled with a rejuvenated spirit to help get me through. Never underestimate the power of a song. Lately, I’ve been inspired by the courageous acts of everyday folks going the extra mile for their fellow humans. Sometimes it’s hard to see, but with the right perspective, you can find inspiration around any corner.

What is one goal you wish to achieve before you die?

I’ve been putting books on shelves for a long time working in bookstores and libraries. One day I would love the opportunity to put my own book on the shelf. Before I die, I will publish a novel.

Who or what motivates you the most and why?

At this point, students motivate me the most. Your capacity for learning, creativity, justice, adaptability, and empathy amazes and motivates me to be better, work harder, and learn more. This is a good time to thank you for that. Thank you.

What was your favorite and least favorite subject in school?

My favorite subject was English. I loved reading and writing and thinking about the big ideas in literature. Both of my parents were English teachers so that probably had some influence. My least favorite subject was Math because I struggled with it. I’ve grown to appreciate the subject much more since then. I’ve also realized that struggling is not all that bad. In fact, now I kind of enjoy the struggle. It’s the evidence that I’m learning.

What is something you do to relax at the end of the night?

I like to read, write, play music, or watch movies. These things help me unwind from the day and reset for the next.

How has the pandemic affected you and how did you overcome any challenges?

Like everyone, I’ve had to adjust to just about every aspect of my life. This isn’t altogether terrible. Some aspects were due for an adjustment, but it has been a challenge. Anytime I’m feeling bitter about this pandemic, I try to put things in perspective. So many have it worse than I do, so I try not to complain too much about the struggles as real as they are. I am fortunate to have a really strong support system around me. My family and friends have helped a lot. This has allowed me to rethink some of the things I once thought were important and confirmed the idea that, no matter what, we need to have each other’s back.

What is something you are looking forward to when the pandemic is finally over?

Going to: concerts, movies, restaurants, sporting events, family gatherings, parties, etc. I’m also really looking forward to some normalcy when it comes to school. I can’t wait for us to get back in the swing of things and have the buildings teaming with the spirit and energy that exists when people with diverse perspectives and experiences gather together with the shared goal of learning something new. I’m looking forward to a renewed sense of community.