Staff teacher Lori Lambertson was born and raised in California and has a lifelong interest in and love for this area. Lori studied biology and dance at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she also had a brief but thrilling career as a professional bicycle racer. She completed a BFA with an emphasis in painting at the University of San Francisco, and an MA in education from San Francisco State University, where she also earned her teaching credentials. Lori taught both math and science at the middle school level. She attended the Summer Institute in 1991, which was a life-changing experience. In 1996, she left classroom teaching to work as a Teacher-in-Residence in the Exploratorium’s Teacher Institute (TI). Lori co-authored The Math Explorer, and has had teaching experiences in India and Costa Rica and throughout the United States. She enjoys hula dancing, learning Spanish, painting, gardening, cooking, hiking, and surfing.