Part of EduSpirit’s vision is hearing from educators as they discuss their passion and commitment to students. Here is a list of interviews thus far:

“Many Rivers” Lorri J. Santamaria, Ph.D. (below)

Mary Catherine Swanson, Founder of AVID

Megan Farnsworth, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Special Education  and Bilingual Education

Linda Maxwell & José Quintanar, Founders of We Care for Youth and community activists

Interview with Many Rivers,

Lorri J. Santamaría, Ph.D.

Many Rivers_Photograph

Mini bio: 

Dr. Lorri Johnson Santamaria has her doctoral degree in Special Education, Rehabilitation, and School Psychology from the University of Arizona. She is a seasoned and accomplished academic in the fields of multicultural/multilingual education, social justice and equity in education, and educational leadership. She has worked as a university professor in Cal State San Marcos in Southern California and currently still works as a Professor of Educational Leadership in New Zealand. She has authored and edited several books in educational leadership and developed the theoretical framework, Applied Critical Leadership.

In the past year, Lorri’s life has taken an interesting and dynamic turn. Part of this story today is to capture Lorri’s unique, challenging, and rewarding journey with cancer.

We start today’s conversation, asking Lorri to share how her recent journey has shaped her views of spirituality, wholeness, and heart-centered approaches to healing. Then we ask her to extend the conversation to how what she has learned from her personal journey can be applied to transforming education and educational spaces. 

Links and Resources:


Applied Critical Leadership_book

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