We are honored to welcome Lorie to the AltSchool community. Lorie will be teaching at the middle school level next year.
Getting to Know Lorie
Lorie was born and raised in San Francisco. She returned to her hometown to teach after studying biology and completing an M.Ed./Credential program at the University of California in San Diego. Upon moving back, Lorie started her teaching career at KIPP Bayview Academy in the Bayview/Hunters Point district, where she taught mainly eighth grade science. For eight years, Lorie and a team of teacher leaders worked together and with the community to help make KIPP Bayview Academy a California Distinguished School. With almost a decade of science teaching experience and her first cohort of eighth graders about to graduate from college, Lorie is excited to start the next phase of her career as part of the AltSchool team.
A Chat with Lorie
What inspired you to teach?
As a student activist in college, I learned a ton about social justice, inequality, and identity, in addition to being a biology major. By the end of college, I knew that I wanted to do something that would truly have a positive impact on youth of color and their communities, but also involve my background in science. I also knew that I didn’t feel right pursuing medical school or biotech jobs like many of my peers. I came across a teacher education program at UCSD and immediately had a gut feeling that teaching was meant for me. As soon as I got to interact with students, I knew I had made the right decision to become involved in the field of education.
How would one of your students describe you?
My students often describe me as someone who has really high expectations for them, but who also cares a lot about them and believes in them. I also love laughing with students both in and out of the classroom. I’m known for being weird and funny, but always ready to get back to business after a silly moment.
What is a favorite lesson you delivered?
I love lessons or projects that involve kids building or creating something that is original and completely student-driven. One thing I truly enjoy doing every year is having students build Egg Crash Cars or Mouse Trap Cars after learning about forces and Newton’s Laws. To see students collaborate, apply scientific concepts that they have learned, and do something hands-on to solve a problem is always exciting. The best part is coming together as a class to test out what they’ve designed and built.
What are some of the projects you're interested in creating at AltSchool?
While I am constantly thinking and rethinking about all of the amazing things I want to do at AltSchool, right now I am interested in tying together core concepts in science with some of the pressing environmental issues that society faces today. For instance, I would love to teach atomic structure and chemistry basics in order to have students learn about how society turns Earth’s finite natural resources into synthetic materials. We could then look at some of the problems this causes and engineer possible creative solutions.