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Mrs. Lori Shimizu



My name is Mrs. Shimizu, and it’s my pleasure to be your child’s teacher.   Teaching is actually my second career.  I worked in insurance for several years before going back to school in 2002 to get my teaching certificate.  Watching young students learning to read, write, and explore is truly a joy.


I grew up in California in the sixties.  One of the best gifts my parents gave me was to take our family on an adventure in the Peace Corps when I was 9 and my sister was 7.  We were in Palau for one year, and Malaysia for two years.  This experience, as well as going to Kenya myself as an adult, taught me how much we have to be thankful for here in the states, and also how important it is to think of others on our planet.  The Montessori Method gives us time to explore other lands and their people so that we can grow an appreciation for what we have, but also think about how we can help others.  Helping raise global citizens is my goal.