The Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush
Name: Lorraine A. Ustaris
Joined SRL: 2011
Lorraine A. Ustaris teaches English 1 and AP Literature at the Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush, a special admission high school in the School District of Philadelphia.
Lorraine nurtures emerging teen journalists learning to read the world and navigate their media freedoms. She promotes the practice of critical literacy within a social justice curriculum and believes SRL is an invaluable opportunity for students to exercise the power of their literacy skills in the world beyond the classroom microcosm.
Lorraine received her Bachelor’s degree at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, where she majored in English, minored in gender studies and successfully completed all of the course requirements for pre-medicine. She earned her Masters in Secondary Education with a teaching certification in English at Villanova University. She is a proud member of Phi Beta Kappa and is a teacher consultant for the Philadelphia Writing Project at The University of Pennsylvania.
She frequently shares her work at local and national education conferences and curriculum committees. In 2012, she won the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.
- Students discuss the differences between natural, weave hairstyles
- Philly teens examine possible solutions to dropout epidemic
- Philadelphia teens report on area charity
- How is Our School Fighting Global Warming?
- Students Get Classmates’ Input on Global Warming
- A Community Climate Change Solution
- Climate Change According to Students
- Climate Change’s Effects in Philadelphia
- The Supreme Court Considers Dog Fighting
- Segregation persists despite Brown vs. Board of Education