Born and raised in Valley Stream, New York, Lori started working with children at age 11 as a babysitter, and has worked as a summer camp counselor, a teacher at Tutor Time, and a sign language instructor for 0-24 month-olds. She was a permanent substitute for two years at the Hebrew Academy of Special Children with students, age three to five, with multiple handicaps. Prior to CHP, Lori worked as a SEIT for 3-5 year-olds at Park Slope’s Special Sprouts.
Lori graduated Cum Laude from SUNY New Paltz in three years with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders and holds a Masters in Early Childhood Education and a Masters in Early Childhood Special Education from Adelphi University.
On weekends you can usually find her taking the subway into the city to see a Broadway show, reading the newest release at Barnes and Nobles or taking a walk around her neighborhood.
What is your motto?
“No day but today.” (from the musical RENT)
What words do you most overuse?
What is your most treasured possession?
A pillow that has been passed down from my grandmother to my father to me.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Working with medically fragile and terminal children. It was both the hardest and most gratifying thing I've done.
Who are your favorite heroes or heroines?
My parents, for always being there no matter what.