Lori Laliberte

Lori Laliberte

I grew up on the east coast with my parents and sister, in Connecticut. I went to Assumption College in Worcester, MA graduating with a degree in Social and Rehabilitation Services and an elementary education certification. From there I ventured out to see more of the country living in incredible places like: San Francisco, Yellowstone National Park, Steamboat Springs, and Portland, OR. Much of that time was spent teaching four year olds in progressive, innovative classroom settings.

From the start, I knew that the typical classroom was not a place I could see myself (or kids) fully thriving. The seed of Expeditionary Learning (EL) was planted just before I moved to Boulder to get my master’s degree. I tailored my graduate work, at the University of Colorado, to learn more about the history and best practices of EL classrooms.

When I finished my degree, I wrote to Odyssey told them I would deliver their newspapers or wash their windows just to be a part of an EL community! In 2000, The Odyssey School brought me on board and I’ve been here ever since. My first 6 years were spent in a third/fourth grade classroom. In 2006, I began teaching the kindergarten/first grade loop. This is my sixteenth year teaching at the school.

When we're not teaching, my husband Jon (the sixth grade teacher at Odyssey) and I enjoy traveling abroad for long stretches of time, exploring the mountains with our dog, and skiing/snowboarding on powder days.