Education and Certification: B.S. Art Education, ECE Director Qualified
Chris started working with young children as a part time assistant teacher when she was getting her undergraduate degree in 1973. She graduated with a degree in Art Education from Northern Illinois University and later moved to Fort Collins, Colorado. She worked as a fulltime preschool teacher for 4 years and as an art teacher for one year before moving to Boulder and getting married. In Boulder she taught preschool in several different programs and took the necessary classes to become Director Qualified in Early Childhood Development. She and her husband adopted two children and she was lucky enough to stay home with them while they were young. Now that they are teenagers she is “happy to be back working with fresh young faces” and she enjoys “the challenge of helping children begin to learn what school is all about, and making that a successful experience.”
After college, Lori worked in the IT world as a database programmer and web designer, but instantly fell in love with Early Childhood Education while volunteering with BVSD’s Teen Parenting Program, which provides developmentally appropriate care, education, and services for children three weeks to three years of age, and parenting skills and education to the young parents. When a teaching position became available, Lori happily changed careers. She started taking early childhood classes in the evenings and earned Early Childhood Educator and Infant Nursery Supervisor qualifications. After five-and-a-half years with the program, Lori transferred to Columbine to work with the three to five-year-old age group. She is continuing her education and slowly working her way toward a master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education. She currently has a B.S. in Information Systems.
In her life outside of school, Lori is married and has a 22-year-old son in college. She loves spending time with her large, extended family, and also enjoys reading, cooking, swimming, and romping around with her three dogs.
Ana Lilia Martinez