Lorrie Christie-Bentley 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 was where she belonged and began to take courses to continue in the field. 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 subject 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. It was a success and stayed around until the budget cuts of 2009. 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. She is also a trainer for the National Customer Service Certification Program. Lorrie has been a CCAE member since 1995. In her 24-year involvement with CCAE, she has served in different capacities. The contributions she has made to CCAE include holding every chapter office at least once, except for treasurer, and served as CCAE state secretary. 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. Lorrie also served on the school’s strategic planning team and steering committee where she was the leader of both the branding and marketing team and the best practices workgroup. She has served as an adult school representative on the district’s strategic planning team as well.