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Award of Merit

Lorrie Christie

Lorrie Christie has worked in the San Bernardino City Unified School District since January of 1987. She began as an instructional aide and advanced to a Teaching Assistant while working in grades 2, 4, 7, and 8. She found her true passion for teaching when she was able to transfer to the San Bernardino Adult School in 1990. It was there that she became a Tutorial Assistant for an ESL program. She quickly realized that Adult Education is where she belonged and began to take courses to be able to stay there. After a few years straddling the line between ESL and Computer departments, she made up her mind, that while computer teachers worked with ESL students, it was rare at that time, for ESL teachers to work with computers. So Computers it was!

While working full time as an instructor, Lorrie attended the Vocational Credentialing courses at Cal State San Bernardino and in 1992 she received the first of 2 Designated Subjects Credentials in Computer Operations and Software and in Business Operations and Employment. Which she rapidly put to good use by teaching 48 hours a week!

Lorrie’s contributions to adult education include developing and piloting San Bernardino Adult’s first Computer for ESL course in 1992. This was achieved by asking the teachers for whom she had worked as an aide to bring their advanced students down for 2 hours each week so that she could teach them basic computer skills and allow them to research their countries and write reports to share their cultures with other classes. It was a success and stayed around until the budget cuts of 2009. That was just the one of several school activities that she either originated or participated in, including being a teacher’s union rep for her school site. Lorrie has presented at local workshops, Regional Conferences, and Staff Development Trainings, as well as held classes in Word and Excel for the local Chamber of Commerce and the Teachers Credit Union.

The contribution she has made to CCAE includes holding every chapter office at least once, with the exception of Treasurer, serving as Southern Section Secretary, President, and Member at Large, and is currently serving as CCAE State Secretary. During these tenures she has participated on committees for several State and Regional Conferences, and Leg Days, and was Co-Chair of the 2014 State Conference – Uncharted Waters in San Diego! Most recently Lorrie was instrumental in the creation of two new Section Awards for our section, the Dom Gagliardi Award and the Michael J. Gallo Award, which recognizes outstanding support of adult education both within the organization and in the community.

Lorrie is currently serving on the school’s Strategic Planning Team and Steering Committee where she is leader of both the Branding and Marketing Team and the Best Practices Workgroup, and has served as an adult school rep on the District’s Strategic planning team as well.