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Teacher Profile: Miss Lorts

September 09, 2016
By Anny Zhen and Mitzy Castro
Miss Lorts
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Teacher Profile: Miss Lorts

By:  Anny Zhen and Mitzy Castro

Originally from Portland, Oregon, Miss Lorts received two degrees: Film Production and Literature. She received these majors from the Loyola Marymount University film school and from Oregon State University. Before coming to Yuma Catholic, she worked at Fox 2000 in LA in the film development department as well as a couple other jobs. She has met the biggest celebrities in today’s movie industry, such as the cast of How I Met Your Mother, Cameron Diaz, Katherine Heigl, and even Anne Hathaway.

Being heavily influenced by her parents, Ms. Lorts never had the thought of becoming a teacher. Many assumed that she would follow her parents’ footsteps and become a surgeon. However, she learned that becoming a surgeon was not her passion, hence her own saying that “if you are not super passionate, then it is not for you.” Instead, after all the experience and knowledge she has acquired from her previous jobs, becoming a teacher “sort of like happened.” Her parents and her twin brother unhesitantly supported her decision of becoming a teacher. Having no previous knowledge about the City of Yuma, except from the movie 3:10 to Yuma, Ms. Lorts decided to take a chance on Yuma Catholic High School and become one of its English teachers.

Adventures and experiences are dear to Miss Lorts; this explains her fearlessness and ability to be calm under pressure. She was previously the captain of the lacrosse team in her high school days. Her daring side enjoys activities such as skydiving and traveling. She has traveled all around the world, from Rome to Korea as well as to parts of Western Europe and Northern Africa. She has even gone to college in Italy, because she was mesmerized by the movie Under the Tuscan Sun. In addition to these great cities, she has also studied abroad in England, because she was fascinated by it at the time being.

Ms. Lorts’ teaching philosophy is mainly “to give students the tools to take ownership of their own learning.” At YC, she hopes to get a film club off to a great start, where students will be able to create their own films and learn about the depth in films, as well as theories of film and more. She has one big piece of advice for all students. She recommends studying abroad during high school or college, as it is “one of the most eyeopening, growth-inducing experiences.” These experiences will get students out of their comfort zones and “you are truly free to be who you are.”