Loraine Woodard

Loraine Woodard
Berkeley, CA
United States

Literacy Specialist
LeConte Elementary School
"Teaching a lesson that promotes creative, critical thinking, such as those presented on, is a joy both for teachers and students. It brings out the best in students and re-inspires teachers to appreciate their students for the unique individuals they are. It also helps teachers to listen to students and build a trusting exchange of ideas with them, thus enhancing the teaching process."

Loraine Woodard has worked in various aspects of education from classroom teaching to environmental education projects in Mexico. She has also worked as a freelance translator, interpreter, and writer. She is currently working as a literacy specialist in Oakland, CA.

During the summer, she coordinates Spanish-immersion programs at the UNIVERSAL Center for Language and Social Communication in Cuernavaca, Mexico. The programs for young people have a service-learning component with local non-profit organizations, and the ones for children focus on art and environmental education.

Loraine also leads travel seminars for adults. She is a member of the International Reading Association and received a Master of Arts in teaching with a focus on environmental and global literacy from New College of California. She has two adolescent children and loves to write as a way of sharing her ideas and experiences.