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Lori Williams

Lori Williams

Lincoln High School, San Diego Unified SD

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Lori's work combines: Law, Education, and Helping People

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Day In The Life

Criminal Justice Teacher

I empower students to be the change they want to see in the world.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Oak Park High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Sociology, General

    MidAmerica Nazarene University

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High School

Bachelor's Degree: Sociology, General

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    I experienced a traumatic experience when my high school boyfriend was killed by a drunk driver.

  • 2.

    Then I started a chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions at my high school.

  • 3.

    Then I was asked to join Traffic Safety Council and met law enforcement with hearts for prevention.

  • 4.

    Then I went to MNU, majored in Psych/Soc. and interned in the Juvenile Detention Center.

  • 5.

    Then I graduated and became a Juvenile Probation Officer.

  • 6.

    Then I stayed home with my kids and when my husband was laid off we moved to San Diego.

  • 7.

    I started working with SDUSD Career Technical Ed. to network an connect students with professionals.

  • 8.

    Then I started teaching Criminal Justice and Restorative Practice inspiring HOPE!

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Parents:

    Careers in social work don't make any money and have a high degree of burnout.

  • How I responded:

    I consider my opportunity to INVEST in others my greatest work. I leave the ownership of what they do with the investment in their hands. My responsibility is to give, the harvest may not come for 20 years, but the seed had to be planted...take joy in planting liberally and without discretion.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • I had at least one friend die every year for 5 yrs in a row from car wrecks, suicide and freak medical infections. I fought against withdrawing from caring for people, because it hurts when people you care about die. Living without loving is dying.