About Me

About Me

Hi, I’m Lori, mom of three, two who graduated from a K12 online school and one who currently attends Colorado Preparatory Academy (CPA) an online public school offering a post-secondary preparedness program. Sean is my oldest and attended CU Boulder and is now completing his college education at Metro State University.  My son Shannon is a Colorado Preparatory Academy graduate, currently taking a gap year and working full time, and Ashlyn, my baby girl who is not such a baby anymore, is an 11th grader.

I grew up in Merrick, Long Island, graduated Buffalo State College with a B.S. in Education, moved to Florida where my parents made their new home, married an Air Force Sergeant and one year later we received orders to Colorado, which has been home now for the past 15 years. Is that a run-on sentence or what?

In 2007, I was privileged to receive a 2 year appointment to the Governor’s Online Advisory Board which began its duties under Senate Bill 215.

Currently, I am president of the Colorado Coalition of Cyberschool Families (CCCF), an alliance of passionate parents who have come together to be powerful and vocal advocates for cyberschools and virtual learning in Colorado.

In 2008, the National Coalition For Public School Options (NCPSO) formed, an alliance of parents that supports and defends parents’ rights to access the best public school options for their children. I am honored to have served on this board as president for 2 years and as a board member for 1 year. I sat alongside other passionate, informed, and involved parents and I continue to be very closely associated with my colleagues and friends who are dedicated to maintaining the NCPSO’s mission.

In 2008, I was elected to the Colorado Virtual Academy Governing Board and was honored to have served until June 2012.

In January of this year, 2012, I became a Board Member at the University of Colorado at Boulder Parent’s Association (CUPA).

All of the above appointments and terms are and were served without pay.

I am a Senior Member and first lieutenant in the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), an auxiliary of the United States Air Force and I assume responsibilities of Test Control Officer. It is a privilege to serve as a Senior Member of the Civil Air Patrol, Valkyrie Cadet Squadron since 2006 and to have the opportunity to work with some outstanding cadets.

In my spare time, I enjoy working on my genealogy, walking, swimming, love to cook, going on day trips to the mountains, and mostly spending time with those I am so blessed to have in my life…family and friends.

My goal in creating this blog is to make information, resources, and user friendly sites available to help parents make informed decisions about educational options for their children. All of what I write comes from my personal experiences and understanding.

Please know that what I post is what I am most passionate about!

Lori’s LOLz


To Life! To Learning!


  1. I just read the article about your experiences on the “Since my Divorce” website. My husband was diagnosed with bipolar in September. He left our home state in October. So much of your experience is like mine. I homeschool 5 of my 6 children (the oldest graduated last year). They have had only 2 letters form their dad, both of which were all about him.
    Our home is calm now and comfortable. But I believe we were married for better or worse in sickness and health.
    He won’t communicate with me in any way. He took a job that pays less than 1/4 of what he was making before. My church is the only reason that my children still have food.
    I started separation procedings. He responded with divorce. But I have no idea why. The legal people don’t care.
    It is comforting to know that others have been through what I am going through. No one who hasn’t seen the bipolar world really understands

    • Hi Becky, thanks for your message.
      I agree, you really have to live with someone who has bipolar to truly understand. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2013 and divorce proceedings had already begun. I was dragged through a year long divorce as I fought for my life. The ‘all about him’ letters you mention sound very familiar. I’m sorry you are going through this, but I believe everything is for a reason. This road I traveled since 2013 has been the greatest learning experience of my life. For that I am grateful and I am now healthy and very happily living as a single parent, as I have been for the majority of my children’s lives.
      I wish you and your children all the best.

  2. Gail Mandeville says:

    Thanks and New Resource for your “College Resources” Page

    Hi Lori,

    I came across your College Resources page (http://lorislolz.org/college-resources/) today while looking for tips and resources related to the college application process. Just wanted to say thanks for putting this together – I found it to be very helpful.

    While I was browsing your site, I noticed that one of your links was broken: http://www.merriam-webster.com/cgi-bin/mwwod.pl. Thought you might want to know!

    I wanted to also suggest another useful resource guide on the same topic:

    “Choosing the Right College: A Guide”

    I thought your visitors would probably find it valuable as well. Let me know what you think – hope you have a great day!

    Thanks again,

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