Ms. Lori Lee, one of the most dedicated physical education teachers, will be leaving Heritage High School. Lee has worked here for over 18 years, and both of her children have attended and graduated from Heritage as well.
Lee teaches rock climbing, swimming, health and cardio. She has coached basketball, volleyball, golf, tennis and cross country as well as organizing the Liberty Bell cross country meet for 13 years.
Although she taught elementary school and joined the military, Lee is adamant that teaching at Heritage has been the highlight of her career, especially being in charge of the Liberty Bell and making sure everything runs smoothly.
“I find her always striving to do the right thing. She doesn’t slack and there’s always something to do in her classes. I will miss her when she leaves and it will be a big loss to Heritage,” states Isaac Reaves ’19, a student in Lee’s advisory.
Lee loves her job because it allows her to develop new relationships with hundreds of students. It also keeps her young and allows her to share her passion: physical fitness.
“I love sharing a message of physical fitness and its importance to lifelong physical and mental health. I hope to convey just how impactful it is on daily life as well as its prevention of illnesses such as heart attacks and strokes,” says Lee.
Lee tries to be approachable to both students and staff and helps students succeed in her class. She strives to be involved in her students’ lives and assist them in achieving their goals.
One of her favorite memories is when she almost fell into the pool but was able to catch herself, her gradebook falling in instead. Her classroom is always focused, but it’s also important to Lee to include fun and silliness into her curriculum.
Her plans after retirement include working out, traveling and volunteering with her church. Her husband is retiring at the same time, allowing them to spend much more time together.by