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Lori Gard

Lori Gard is a Kindergarten teacher at Bloomfield Elementary School. Prior to teaching at the kindergarten level, she has taught at many other levels in some capacity, including high school law, history and geography as well as elementary music and resource. Over the past couple of years, she has been writing a blog as a means of reflecting on her teaching practice, as well as doing such for personal enjoyment. In December, Lori wrote a letter which was published on the Huffington Post- a letter written as support to a young teacher. That letter was initially read by just a handful of people, but at the end of January, it started to grab the interest of teachers all over the world. To date, it has been read by over 274 K readers on the Huffington Post as well as it has been read by close to 2 million readers on her personal blog. It continues to be read on a daily basis by hundreds of readers at her personal blog on Wordpress, called Pursuit of a Joyful Life. Lori is currently a M.Ed student at the University of Prince Edward Island in P.E.I., Canada, where she is pursuing academic writing in a few different capacities, the primary of which is her thesis which centers around an ethic of caring and love in education.

Areas of Interest: 
ethic of care, pedagogy of love, early childhood education

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