Mr Lamb rests in his office chair after a long days work of teaching World History.(Student Photo/Colin McMahon)
If there was a rosetta stone of cultures at NDP, it would be Mr. Lamb. A World History teacher and head of the social studies department at NDP, he has lived in over three countries and has traveled across the globe. These travels have shaped his knowledge and improved his curriculum for World History class according to Connor White, Mrs. Platt, and Mr. Lamb himself.
Mr. Lamb has lived in Turkey, Kuwait, Venezuela, Canada, and obviously the US. “His experience around the globe is really beneficial,” said sophomore Connor White. He also touched on the fact that his knowledge of foregn lands has given his class more insight into the cultures of other nations.
NDP principal Jill Platt had some info to share on the world traveling History teacher. “I think it makes him have a better appreciation for history and global citizenship. Being able to utilize his first-hand knowledge and experiences make his lessons that more engaging to his students” Platt said. The reason he has such a wide knowledge of history is because of his past as corroborated by White and Platt.
Mr. Lamb was born in a small town in Canada and quickly gained knowledge from a young age. “I have dual citizenship with the U.S. as well as Canada,” Lamb said when explaining where he has lived in the past. These are the only two countries that he has citizenship even though he has lived in three other countries. The other countries, Kuwait, Turkey, and Venezuela gave Mr. Lamb a different perspective on life because they are very different than the U.S. and Canada. “We try not to use the words better or more advances, just different,” Lamb said when explaining what words he would use to describe the South American and Asian countries he lived in.
Mr. Lamb moved to Kuwait in 1987 to pursue a teaching career there. He said, “Living in the Middle East gave me so much insight on a new culture and it was quite fascinating.” He gained lots of knowledge in that region of the globe as outlined by Connor White. “Mr. Lamb shared many of his experiences and told us more of what it’s really like in the Middle East rather than what we see from the outside looking in. What we see and presume is that everyone there is bad and that they are all at war. But most of them are actually very religious to a very sophisticated religion,” said White.
He then went on to move to Turkey for two years and went back to Kuwait for another seven years. Mr. Lamb explained that he loved teaching in the Middle East and it made him want to teach history even more. He said, “Yes I think living there did influence what i’m teaching now.” Mr. Lamb also has a teaching degree for english, but he still chooses to teach history in part because he has experienced it first hand across the world.
Mr. Lamb left the Middle East and moved to Venezuela in 1997 and it gave him a South American perspective. He left Venezuela in 2000 and came here to Arizona. He said, “The best part of living in another part of the world is seeing the differences firsthand. For example the only two times i’ve ever been robbed were in Venezuela and while traveling in Ireland, two Catholic countries, despite living in the Middle East for ten years. It was really cool to see how much public perception can be wrong.”
This difference in the public’s view and first hand experience is evident in his lessons as mentioned by Connor White and it has greatly affected his professional relationships as explained by Mrs. Platt. Overall. Mr. Lamb’s far and wide travels have shaped his life as stated by himself and he has improved the NDP community according to members of the school life,
David Lamb sits atop a two-humped camel next to the famed Pyramids of Giza on vacation in December of 1988. (Staff photo/ David Lamb)