Lorena Salazar


Bridges Graduate School of Cognitive Diversity in Education, Ed.D. in progress, Twice Exceptionality and Cognitive Diversity.

University of San Francisco, Post Graduate 60 Units, Learning & Instruction.

California State University Northridge, M.A. Education Mild to Moderate Disabilities.

California State University Northridge, B.A. General Journalism.


In November of 2019 Lorena Salazar joined Fusion Academy in Warner Center, in the capacity of Humanities Teacher/Mentor. She was drawn to the dynamic setting and structure. She learned of Fusion, while participating in the Bridges Leadership and Vision in 2e Education Symposium.

Lorena, joined the Bridges Graduate School Doctoral Program in August of 2019. Returning to the field of education following a three-year creative break, and ten year break from academia. Her “creative sabbatical” included pursuing her avocations; Building out a Film Festival, Producing for Public Radio, Writing and Seeking Grants to support Arts & Culture Programming.

She currently holds a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and a Master’s Degree in Mild to Moderate Disabilities. Also, 60 graduate doctoral program units, in Learning & Instruction. Lorena has taught in all aspects of the Special Education Classroom, before moving into Program Administration, Educational Research, and University Adjunct teaching.

Her new-found passion is the field of Neurodiversity as it intersects with Positive Psychology in the field of Cognitive Diversity for Twice Exceptional Learners. Currently based in Los Angeles, she enjoys; Adding to her Yelp Elite foodie adventures, Spending time with her little dog Barbie, Wandering Outdoors, Producing on community radio as part of a Community Affairs Department, and attending Arts & Culture events

Hobbies:  Community Radio, Yelp Elite Events, Arts & Culture

Favorite Quote:

“A joyful life is an individual creation that cannot be copied from a recipe.”
― Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, PhD