Lori has 18 years of experience as an educator and has been an art teacher at AC for 14 of those years. She has taught grades 9 – 12, elementary and middle school students, as well as university undergraduates. Lori is a practicing artist with bachelor’s degrees in fine arts and art history from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the College of William and Mary, where she focused on drawing, painting, and modern art history. She earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art where she concentrated on photography and video. 

What do you like most about your job?

I like the company that I get to keep: my incredible students and colleagues. It’s pretty great to look forward to coming into work every day.

How did you decide to go into this line of work?
One summer in graduate school, I got a job working with middle schoolers in a pilot arts program called “Baltimore Youth Television.” I loved it so much that I realized that teaching was what I wanted to do with my life.

If you could have lunch with anyone, who would it be?

Tom Waits. Hopefully he would feel like breaking into song once or twice.

Share a fun or interesting fact about yourself.

I grew up in the deep South. My parents were born in Mississippi and Alabama. I love the cooking and the hospitality, which frequently overlap. Even though I don’t live there anymore, it’s a culture that has stayed with me my whole life.