Principal, Tremont Elementary School, Patchogue-Medford School District
Lori Koerner has been in the field of education for three decades. She spent the first twenty-six years of her career as an elementary school teacher, having taught every grade, Pre-k-6. Mrs. Koerner has also served as an adjunct professor of special education, and was the coordinator of a program for elementary school students at risk of of needing assistance. Mrs. Koerner is currently principal of Tremont Elementary School in the Patchogue-Medford School District on Long Island in New York. She holds certifications in the areas of early childhood education, elementary education, special education, and educational administration and leadership. Mrs. Koerner is currently a doctoral candidate. Her research is centered on the educating the whole child; that is, developing students’ social competencies, emotional well being, and physical fitness so that they can reach their maximum cognitive potential. Mrs. Koerner is a mother of four, and a bold advocate for children.
Peace engineering education involves thoughtful integration of reflective, trans disciplinary skills, practicing these skills and developing systems thinking. This happens at different levels from intentional reflective adaptation of design thinking, practicing in communities of need with awareness and appreciation of local conditions; and learning systems through formal education pathways.