About Lori

I am working to ensure that the children of Lee County get the best education we can provide. Not only for these children but for our community and the economic development of Lee County. The current LCSD Board of Education has been focusing on everything but a quality education for our students. It’s time to bring the focus back to student learning.  



I oppose Common Core, high-stakes testing, and raising taxes. I support a well-rounded whole child education that includes vocational, as well as life and social skills, which will enable our students to become viable and valuable contributing members of our community.


Having lived in Lee County since 2004, I have been intensely involved in the Lee County School District, volunteering, attending district meetings, and serving as an active member on many of the School District Advisory Committees, since my son began public school. He is currently a freshman at Cypress Lake High School.


I am a full time mom, a student advocate, a voice for teachers, the second Vice President for the Lee Republican Women’s Club, and the Legislative chair for the Lee Republican Women Federated. 

 

Before becoming a mom (the best adventure of my life!) and moving to southwest Florida, I successfully managed territories for fortune 500 medical companies in central Illinois for over 13 years. To be successful, I had to be innovative, able to work well with others, and to learn to step on toes without messing up the shine on their shoes. I called on seven area hospitals with hundreds of doctors. My job was to educate doctors, hospital staff, patients, and their families and get them on the same page in order to have successful medical outcomes, which would ensure repeat business.  

I have demonstrated my beliefs in action--not just words.

I was the first parent to publicly refuse high stakes testing, for my son, in Lee County. In 2013, I founded the Facebook based group Teaching Not Testing, a group that has grown to over 700 members. In recent years, we were Instrumental in bringing the discussion of excessive testing to the community, and in working toward the District wide ‘Opt Out’ of punitive standardized state testing. Although the opt out didn’t last, it was successful in bringing the conversation to the forefront in Lee County, Florida, and the nation.


In 2014, we successfully petitioned the Board to mandate recess for all elementary school students. Yes, our youngest children were being denied recess. Our success in Lee County inspired parents in other Florida districts to petition their boards. 

While some were successful, others were not, and last year we ‘Recess Moms’ joined together to convince State Legislators to mandate recess for all elementary school students in Florida.

Through all of these efforts and successes, I have maintained a friendly working relationship with our school board members, legislators, and community leaders. I’m a Problem solver and I have the Background for conflict resolution.

 

 

Additional Information

Memberships, Associations, and Education

Lee Republican Women’s Club (LRWC)

2nd Vice President

2017 - present


Lee Republican Women Federated (LRWF) 

Legislative Committee Chair 

2017 - present


Founder, TNT: Teaching Not Testing

June 2013 - present


Community Progress member

Mental Health Committee

October 2015 - 2017


Member of the FutureMakers Coalition
Aspiration/Preparation Team Southwest Florida Region
May 2015 - present

Steering committee Member of  Decoding Dyslexia - Florida
December 2013 - present

Student Advisory Committee (SAC)
Lee County School District
August 2013 – Present


Member of the Financial Advisory Committee 

Lee County School District 

August 2015 - November 2016

Member of the Curriculum Advisory Committee (CuAC)
Lee County School District
August 2014 – August 2015

Member District Advisory Council (DAC)
Lee County School District
November 2013 – September 2015 (one year and 11 months)  
Representative for Edison Park Creative and Expressive Arts Elementary School 2012 - 2013
Representative for Cypress Lake Middle School 2013 - 2015

Alternate for Cypress Lake High School March 2018 - present

Member of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
2011 – 2017

Assistant Cub Scout Den Leader, Pack 0080
Cub Scouts of America
2011 – 2013

Member of Petite Lake Garden Association, Antioch, IL
2000 – 2012.

Volunteer for The Community School of Naples 2008 – 2011


Education 


Illinois Central College

Associate's degree


Illinois State University 

Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies


University of Illinois at Chicago

Biology/Biological Sciences, General 


* Completed college-level coursework.
* Earned various certifications such as Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Medical Transcription.
* Committed to continuous learning, improvement and excellence.