My name is Laurie LoForti. I was born and raised in San Jose, attended both Miner and Hayes, as well as Herman Intermediate School, and Oak Grove High School, so I consider myself “homegrown.” I’m extremely proud of that. After completing my credential at CSUF I returned home, to San Jose, and started working for the Oak Grove School District. Later, I earned a Master’s Degree at SJSU. I am currently in my 24 year of teaching at Stipe School and with all sincerity, I can say, I still truly enjoy my job. Since I’ve been at Stipe my entire career, the students, the families, and the community have become an integral part of my life. Stipe has been a second family and home to me. As I look ahead, to the future of Stipe, I am excited to carry on the traditions that make Stipe such an amazing place while welcoming new ideas and ways of doing things.