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Lori Rakes

Location  215 Edge Hall
Phone  863.680.4179

Lori Rakes, M.Ed.

Instructor of Education

“It is my desire as a teacher educator to help preservice teachers meet their fullest potential in the classroom by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas. There is a need for compassionate, strong, and dedicated individuals who are excited about working with children. In our competitive society it is important for students to receive a solid education and work with someone who is sensitive to individual needs.””

Lori Rakes is an instructor at Florida Southern College where she teaches language arts and reading methods courses to undergraduate students. Her research interests stem from 23 years of experience as a classroom teacher and include reading difficulties in the upper elementary grades and what effect this has on learning in later years.


M.Ed., University of South Florida Polytechnic
B.S., Elementary Education, Southeastern University

Honors and Awards

  • Served on the advisory board for the "Go Math" series and continue to work with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishers in the capacity of a trainer for math and science
  • Teacher of the Year School Award - 2000/2001
  • Teacher of the Year School Award - 2010/2011
  • National Board Certified Teacher - 2005