Lori currently works for the Clark County School District. She has ten years+ of classroom experience and was a Secondary Science Project Facilitator in the Curriculum and Instruction Division’s K-12 Science Department. Lori was the Membership Coordinator for the Nevada State Science Teachers Association from 2015 and was elected as the organization's Executive Director in 2020.
Lori is a current member of the Science Peer Review Panel with NextGenScience at WestEd and has been a part of the group since 2018. This group evaluates free and publicly available science instructional material using the EQuIP Rubric for Science v.3 to look for quality and standards-alignment.
Lori works with many different groups of formal and informal educators to support science education. She is currently her district’s coordinator for a DRK-12 grant entitled “M-PLANS: Motivation - Planning Lessons to Activate eNgagement in Science'' which brings together teachers in her district with researchers from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Michigan State University, and WestEd, as well as teachers from several school districts in Michigan to look at student motivation in science classrooms. She also works with community partners and informal educators across Nevada and served as the Education Chair for the local consortium of formal and informal educators in Southern Nevada (CHOLLA) for the past three years. Her extensive work with outside groups supported Lori in the formation of the Nevada CONNECTS Project, which brings together Nevada teachers and area Subject-Matter-Experts in STEM to create open-source, locally based NVACSS/NGSS-aligned assessment tasks.
Lori was the main author of the “Investigating Life on the Third Rock” middle school unit which was submitted to the Science PRP and received a rating of “High Quality if Improved” and is posted on the NGSS website.
Lori has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, Math, and Science from Western Michigan University and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, with emphasis in Middle School Science, from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Lori also has a Level 1 Leader Credential in using the EQuIP Rubric for Science in professional learning settings.