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Woman of Wilson- Lauren LaFevers-Flatt

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As an educator, devoted wife and proud mom, Lauren LaFevers-Flatt wears quite a few hats - but continues to donate her time to help young women win their crowns.

LaFevers-Flatt is a native of Gladeville and a graduate of Wilson Central High School. In 2008, she was crowned Fairest of the Fair in Wilson County.

LaFevers-Flatt attended Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro for Interdisciplinary Studies K-6 and earned her Master's Degree in Instructional Leadership at Cumberland University in Lebanon.

She is in her fourth year of teaching - and currently teaches kindergarten at Gladeville Elementary School.

Her paternal grandfather, "Papa Kenneth" was a school principal, and her maternal grandfather, "Papa Penny" was an educator - so it "runs in the family."

LaFevers-Flatt's mom has also been a teacher for more than three decades.

"She wakes up loving what she does every day," LaFevers-Flatt explained. "I love children, and I love the life we had growing up. I realized being in education would give me all the opportunities to be surrounded by people who love what they do, the opportunity to meet new people and to be a positive light in children's lives."

LaFevers-Flatt has been married to her husband, Wesley Flatt, for two years. They are parents to baby boy, Elijah Dawson.

Her students at Gladeville Elementary were very excited to meet her son.

"When I was pregnant with Elijah Dawson last school year, my students would hug me constantly throughout the day. It was never just one hug. It was always two - and they would say, 'The first one was for you and that one was for your baby,'" she remembered. "This year I have already received so many hugs from my former and current students. They have all asked about Elijah Dawson."

Becoming a mother has made LaFevers-Flatt appreciate her parents and husband even more.

"Being a mom makes me want to give 200 percent at everything I do," she added. "It's made me realize how much I truly have to rely on God for strength and endurance. It's also made me prioritize my days to make sure I am spending my time to better Elijah Dawson's life."

In her spare time, the family enjoys their 48-acre farm.

"I love working out there with Wesley and letting Elijah Dawson experience farm life. We have a very close family and we spend a lot of time at my parents' pool, the lake and with our family and friends at Gladeville United Methodist Church," she said.

She also chairs the Fairest of the Fair pageant each August.

"I love the Wilson County Fair, and after being crowned, I love being able to help each new Fairest of the Fair embrace all of the opportunities that are offered each year," LaFevers-Flatt said.

She named her mother and grandmothers as women she greatly admires.

"My mom is truly my role model. She is full of grace and forgiveness. She treats the world with great compassion. She is a beautiful, Christian role model, who adores her family and does whatever it takes to help her family," she said.

After giving birth to her son and returning home, LaFevers-Flatt experienced an unexpected setback. She returned immediately to the hospital for six days - without her baby boy.

"My mom took care of our baby all night and all day for many weeks while my dad and husband were taking care of me. I never will be able to repay them for how they've stood by me and shown me the love that they have. That season taught us a lot," she said.

"I want to be the person that will live out the serenity prayer of accepting things I cannot change, having the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. My mom and dad are amazing examples for my husband and me. I believe their admiration for God, love for their family and their strong marriage are attributes I admire most."

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com.

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