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Growing up on the border of Mexico and California, Lorena was born in Los Angeles but moved to Tijuana in kindergarten and then back to San Diego. “My education was in both places simultaneously,” she says. “Growing up in the middle of both countries really informs who I am.”

Prior to teaching at Fusion, Lorena taught special subjects at San Diego and Silicon Valley Waldorf schools, taught Spanish and History at Honolulu middle and high schools, and ran after-school tutoring programs in low-income housing in San Diego. She also worked with Amnesty International USA national refugee program helping asylum-seekers get resources, training volunteers and interns, visiting people in detention.

Lorena’s attention to the academic, social, and emotional well-being of the student translates into successful classes in which students feel supported. “I sit with what the student needs, I reflect on the students and sometimes inspiration strikes, and out of that comes a really great lesson for them. I want each of my students to know that I deeply care about them.”

Educational Background: BA Spanish/International Studies, Holy Names University. High School Teacher Certification, Rudolf Steiner College. MA - Art of Teaching, University of Southern California (some coursework)

Hobbies: Reading, exploring my indigenous roots and ancestry. Being a grandma and thinking about how to be a good ancestor.

Wacky Facts: I have two kittens who talk back to me—Luna and Canela. I try to live my life in an artistic way.

Favorite Book this Year: How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. I also like to read young adult books to keep current about what my students might be interested in when teaching English. I really liked Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor.

Learned During Quarantine: I have learned that I really love my house I have a tree in the front yard, vegetable garden, mini corn field. It’s so peaceful here. It feels so calm. Deepening my relationships with the people I live with has been a gift.

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