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Lori Andrews



Lori Andrews

Adjunct Faculty (POC)

Human Development and Education
Pacific Oaks College
Address Map of 45 W Eureka Street Pasadena CA 91103
45 W Eureka Street
Pasadena, CA 91103

As an adjunct professor, I come to Pacific Oaks as an educator with 33 years in the field - 4 years as a general educator (Social Studies) and ESL teacher in high school, then sixteen years as a Resource Specialist and Special Day Class teacher in public schools. The last 14 years I have worked as a Transition Specialist, a Program Specialist in a large district where I helped oversee 35,000 students, and most recently as a Principal of two different schools.

In my day job I am the principal of a small private school in South Pasadena with about 160 students from Kinder through age 22. All of our students have an IEP, and we focus on helping previously unsuccessful students start to take control of their education and learn to be successful. In my "other" life, I am a mom of three adults and wife to an awesome man. Our family has been on a crazy life change in the last five years as my husband almost died and then was given the opportunity to completely change his life, dropped 200 pounds, and now has a new company devoted to spiritual, emotional and physical health. My most recent adventure is enrollment in an Ed.D. program which I am about half way through.

I love working with students with special needs, and mentoring people new to the teaching profession - both in general and special education settings.

Education History
Degree Institution Year
Ed.D. candidate Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA
M.A., Special Education Cal State San Bernardino, San Bernardino, CA 2000
B.A., Social Science Bethany University, Scotts Valley, CA 1983
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Member Council for Exceptional Children
Education Specialist Credential, CA
Single Subject Credential, CA
Administrative Credential, CA
Language Development Specialist, CA
Resource Specialist, CA
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Child & Adolescent Development Learning/Learning Disabilities
Childhood and Developmental Disorders Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD)
Intellectual Disability
Oppositional Defiant Disorder
General Education
Multicultural Education
K-12 Education Special Education

Research in Emotional Disturbance and Trauma-informed childhood development

Title Location Date
Special Needs in Public Libraries County of Los Angeles 2012
Understanding Autism in Education South Pasadena 2012
Professional Skills
Emotional Disturbance