Lori Williams

Lori Williams

Criminal Justice Teacher


Lincoln High School, San Diego Unified SD

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I experienced a traumatic experience when my high school boyfriend was killed by a drunk driver.
Then I started a chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions at my high school.
Then I was asked to join Traffic Safety Council and met law enforcement with hearts for prevention.
Then I went to MNU, majored in Psych/Soc. and interned in the Juvenile Detention Center.
Then I graduated and became a Juvenile Probation Officer.
Then I stayed home with my kids and when my husband was laid off we moved to San Diego.
I started working with SDUSD Career Technical Ed. to network an connect students with professionals.
Then I started teaching Criminal Justice and Restorative Practice inspiring HOPE!

Education

High School
Oak Park High School
Bachelor
Psychology/Sociology
MidAmerica Nazarene University

Career

Criminal Justice Teacher

I empower students to be the change they want to see in the world.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Law
Education
Helping People

Day to Day

I am at school to prepare for my day at 6am. My first students usually arrive around 7am to either chat before class or have a quiet place to wait. I teach Intro to Criminal Justice and CJ Careers. We talk about issues that are in the news and are effecting their daily lives and their families. The more students understand how the system is supposed to work and the purpose the more empowered they feel to make improvements in the system, in the community and their own lives.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

I was a Juvenile Probation Officer. I have a BA in Psychology, Sociology and a minor in Criminal Justice. I tell my students the No. 1 transferable skill I began developing even as a high school student - was sales and public speaking. I had to sell my parents on giving permission, teachers and admin on supporting ideas, customers on products, probation clients, judges, attorneys and families on a treatment plan. Now as a teacher I sell students on investing in themselves.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Do a job you will love. I loved being a probation officer! I only stopped to stay home with my children when my second child was born. When I moved from Kansas City to San Diego - probation here had a different culture and I took my skills to the school district so I could try to make a difference in kids lives and keep them out of "the system."

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Psychology/Sociology

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"Careers in social work don't make any money and have a high degree of burnout."

Challenges I Overcame

Death