Two new classroom teachers have joined the faculty.
Laurie Lloyd, who is teaching second grade, was born and raised in Chicago. She attended Illinois State University where she earned a bachelor's degree in special education, focusing on learning disabilities and behavior disorders. She completed a master's degree in special education at National Louis University in Evanston, Ill. and taught for 13 years.
Lloyd moved to Aloha in 1995 with husband Randy and became a stay-home mom to raise three children. During those years, she helped in her children’s classrooms, lead Girl Scout troops and taught religious education.
The Lloyds moved to Albany in 2003 and started attending St. Mary Church, where Laurie has taught thefirst Eucharist class for six years and directed vacation Bible school for five years. She has been a substitute teacher in Albany and Jefferson and at St. Mary's for the past two years.
Geri Warze, who will teach kindergarten, received a bachelor’s degree in early childhood development at Humboldt State University in California in 2009 and a California Teaching Credential in 2010. She holds a special certificate in teaching and experience with English language learners. Warze has many years as a teacher's aide in the public school system and as a kindergarten aide. She and her late husband, Brad, raised two daughters. Warze is a grandmother of one, Addy, who calls her GG, for Grandma Geri.
"My faith is of the utmost importance and I live my life daily doing my best to make a difference in the lives of others," Warze says. "Kindergartners are special people and I look forward to my first year at St. Mary's School singing, learning, teaching and playing with my class.”