Ask LorriLorri Horn, born and raised in California, has been working with kids all her life. She got her first babysitting job when she was nine years old, became a camp counselor, and went on to be a teacher. It’s true she did eat all of the pickles and popsicles on her first babysitting gig, but she did manage to feed that kid a cheese and pickle sandwich before polishing off the rest of the jar off herself. No one complained. Evidently, she had a knack with kids.

Lorri spent a few years studying cercopithecus aethiops (vervet monkeys) and thought she’d be a famous biological anthropologist. But it turns out you have to rough it and camp to do that kind of job, and Lorri’s more of a pillow-top mattress and no bug-repellent kind of gal. Plus, while it was fascinating to study and observe our little non-human primate brothers and sisters lip-smacking to communicate things like “Oh, gee, I’m sorry, is that your branch?”, Lorri found it much more rewarding to share a good book with a kid. Not once did those vervets gather round for story-time.

So Lorri became an educator and an author for humans, who, admittedly, sometimes monkey around. She has a Masters of Arts in Education, a Bachelors of Arts in English, a teaching credential, has been Nationally Board Certified in Secondary Education, and has taught English and journalism at Santa Monica High School for over 14 years. She also served as English department chair and Teacher Leader for six years, was a mentor teacher, and taught UCLA California Literature Project.

Lorri’s background as a career schoolteacher and instructional leader make her especially qualified to help you with your educational needs. She tutors students in English (Language Arts) and writing. She also tutors students in all subjects by focusing on their executive functioning skills and organization, which is so often the bigger challenge than the content area itself. When she’s not tutoring other people’s children, or wrangling her own child to do his homework, she writes books.

She loves cheese (if she had to choose between cheese and chocolate on a deserted island, she’d have to say cheese—and that’s saying a whole lot, because she’s not sure how’d she live without chocolate), humor, baking, books, and spending time with her husband, son, and their dog—you guessed it—Wolfie.