B.S. in Secondary Education, New York University; M.A. in Teaching of Social Studies, Columbia University. Lorie Ann is currently a teacher of American History, Current Events and Journalism at Queens Academy High School in Jamaica, New York—a post she has held since 2001 and for which she was named teacher of the year in 2004. Beyond her role as an instructor, she has taken a proactive position in the school community as coordinator of student activities, director of the school newspaper and a teacher-leader responsible for creating the school's Comprehensive Educational Plan.