Lorena Orlosky-James

Lorena Orlosky-James

Lead Teacher


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I was born in Upstate New York, but moved to L.A. where I now live on a farm near Burbank with my partner David, my step-son Jesse, my son Odin and a large family of animals. My hobbies include teaching biomechanical equitation, life drawing for the natural sciences, creative writing, singing and playing guitar, and cooking. My favorite subjects when I was a student were history, creative arts and literature, and I love helping my students make connections to the world through the study of writing, the arts and how these affect human history now and in the past.

Where did you go to school and what was your major?
State University of Albany, NY - Russian & East European Studies

What is your highest degree held?

Why did you want to be a teacher/work in education?
I have always worked in human relations, providing training, support and encouragement to adults in service industries, but after I began volunteering at my son's preschool, I was hooked on working with children.

How long have you been teaching/working in education?
I began at a co-op preschool in 2004, then worked as a substitute teacher and TA for 4 years. I got my first classroom in 2008.

What is your favorite thing about LCS?
I love the mission of LCS because it lets me be a constructivist teacher to the wide variety of students in my classes.

What was your favorite book when you were the age of your students?
Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke