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              Lori LaRussa            
    Lori LaRussa
    Second Grade

    I graduated from Canyon del Oro High School. I have a B.A. degree from the University of Arizona in Psychology and a M.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix. I have an early childhood, an E.LL. and gifted endorsments  I have been teaching in the primary grades since 2003. 



    I.A. has great OM teams - and we're looking for more volunteers to lead new teams!

    A learning experience that changed me:

    I was on one of Amphitheater School District’s first Odyssey of the Mind teams when I was in the 4th grade. I loved being in the program and it encouraged me to “think outside the box.” I feel it is important to teach my students problem-solving skills and to encourage them to be creative.


    My Favorite Books:

    I love to read all different types of children’s books. My current favorite is The One and Only Ivan.


    My Family in 2011

    Hobbies and Interests:

    I enjoy spending time with my family. I have a wonderful husband and two daughters; Payton and Kacie. Payton will be in eighth grade this year and Kacie in seventh. I also like to go camping, read, paint, play with my dogs, exercise and teach.