Cleo Lampos is an educator, writer and speaker who desires to equip parents and professionals to maximize the potential in every child. Lampos’ compassion for students who suffer from poverty, broken homes or foster care is based on her own experiences as a child. Her father died when she was three, and her step-father moved the family from state to state. Born in Colorado, but raised in Iowa and Wisconsin, Lampos attended nine schools before beginning high school. Her personal philosophy in life is that “broken lives can be healed when the pieces are given to the Creator.” In all her speaking, teaching and writing, the hope and the grace of the gospel shines through.
She has thirty years of teaching experience in public schools, private schools, diagnostic clinics, summer camps, Women’s Bible Studies, Vacation Bible Schools, Children’s Worship and girls’ clubs. With a Bachelor’s in Education from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and a Master’s in Special Education from St. Xavier University in Chicago, she has been noted in Who’s Who Among American Teachers and Who’s Who in American Education. Her articles on parenting and education have been published in periodicals, Sunday School take home papers and children’s magazines. She and her husband volunteer for The Bible League Thrift Store, as well as contribute food from their urban homestead to Operation Blessing Food Pantry.
By speaking directly to groups of professionals or parents, Lampos is able to address many issues of our time through historical topics. Lampos has spoken on the orphan train, the Kindertransport, Gladys Aylward, Jane Addams’Hull House, Amy Carmichael and Dr. Thomas Barnardo. She has worked with a pianist to present a three part series on the history of hymns. Book clubs, homeschool parent groups, preschool mother groups, genealogy groups and University classes have all enjoyed her wisdom, compassion, humor and warmth.
To help parents, Lampos has written a book about the orphan train which also alludes to adoption, foster care and poverty. A Mother’s Song (Oak Tara, 2013) inspires this generation to set priorities in their parenting skills that will enable their children to succeed against the odds.
As an author, Lampos has written three books to help teachers develop insights into children’s behaviors and to inspire them. Teaching Diamonds in the Tough: Mining the Potential in Every Child (Lighthouse of the Carolinas, 2012) is narrative fiction written in a devotional format with twenty vignettes to read, reflect upon and focus with Scriptures, quotes and a plan for action. A series of novels about The Teachers of Diamond Projects School provides an avenue for teachers to recognize students that are in their classrooms. Second Chances (Oak Tara, 2013) tells the challenges of a first year teacher in an urban school. Miss Bee and the Do Bees (Oak Tara, 2013) takes the professional into a special education room with five problematic students. Cultivating Wildflowers (Oak Tara, 2015) deals with attachment difficulties of foster children. These novels incorporate the 3R’s: Reality, Reflection, Romance.
To learn more about Cleo’s most recent books and how you can order them, visit her Books Page.