United States of America
Years in the field:
11 – 15 Years
Areas of Expertise
After-School Programs, Camp Programs, Distance/Digital Learning, Diversity, Education, Events, Intern Programs, Senior Leadership, Outreach and Public Engagement, Project Management, Professional Development, Volunteer Programs, Youth/Teen Programs, Other
Lori began her career as a Recreational Therapist working with special needs populations in hospitals and rehab settings. In 2008, she used her medical experience to become the first Special Needs Museum Educator in New York City. In this role, she helped develop Access Programs at the New York Transit Museum, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and was asked to consult at a variety of other renowned museums including MOMA, The Tenement Museum, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, the Holocaust Museum, among others. She was known for conducting hands-on professional development sessions at conferences, teacher PDs and on site at the museums themselves to train the staff on how to adapt their programming for special needs audiences and STEM Education. Her specialities included engagement and making connections with curriculum themes and exhibits. She is known for developing adult programs for veterans and those with dementia and their families, NASA programs and consulting throughout the city on programming challenges and adaptability.
Lori continued to work in the museum field as the first Manager of School Programs at the Westchester Children’s Museum before founding her own educational enrichment company, Knowledge to Grow On, providing STEM, art, literacy and history programs for children and adults. In Spring of 2020, her company merged with a non-profit, The STEM Alliance. Lori took on the role of Director of Program Development. Her role was to use her expertise in creating a creative STEM Education curriculum for PK-12th grade to train educators and develop all the content, as well as oversee their Digital Equity initiative.
Now, Lori has ventured out on her own again. She spent the last year overseeing the project management of a variety of programming for companies such as WhyMaker, presenting at conferences and conducting professional development sessions. She enjoys speaking with museum educators, librarians and teachers on topics of STEM for everyone, accessibility, adaptability and making connections to exhibits and themed material as well as sharing her experiences starting so many programs from inception to delivery.