Heat Advisory

Due to the heat advisory in the forecast for today, HCS will be operating under our heightened awareness weather protocols.  The Heightened Awareness protocols will remain in effect throughout the duration of the heat advisory. Our schools will take extra precautions to ensure the safety of our students by limiting outdoor activities and keeping students hydrated.  Our middle and high schools will be utilizing the Alabama High School Athletic Association guidelines for outdoor heat for all our students involved in any extracurricular activities, such as sports, band, etc.

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Lori Otto

Hello! My name is Lori Otto and I am a teacher of special needs students who attend the Life Skills program. I earned a bachelor's degree in collaborative teaching from Alabama A&M University in 2006, graduating Suma Cum Laude. I am currently working on my doctoral degree at NSU, with a focus on applied behavior analysis. I have experience teaching at the elementary, middle and high school levels. I also taught scuba diving at Space Camp for eight years prior to becoming a special education teacher. This is my ninth year of teaching students with special needs.
My teaching philosophy is based on respecting differences, building a climate of trust, and tapping into my student’s strengths and abilities. I believe we all have something to contribute and learn from each other. I enjoy learning new things from my students each day. I use multi-media based instruction in the classroom and believe in a consistent, positive and respectful approach to making lasting, meaningful behavior changes.
B.S. Collaborative Teaching 6-12
M.Ed Collaborative Teaching K-6
Ed.S Collaborative Teaching K-6
B.S Business Administration
Alabama State Department of Education Certifications:
Collaborative Teaching Class B
Collaborative Teaching Class A
Elementary Education Class A
Collaborative Teaching Class AA
Special Education