Lori Dougherty ’11Ed: Making a Difference through Service
May 10, 2010
|Lori Dougherty ‘11Ed always had an intense desire
to help others, and coming to St. John’s University has provided
her with limitless opportunities to give back to the community.
“After I graduated high school,” she says, “it was important for
me to continue working in the community with people who share my
beliefs. St. John’s does a wonderful job of creating opportunities
for the whole student body to be involved in service.”
Service is at the heart of St. John’s Vincentian
mission— and it is now an integral part of Lori’s life. She
regularly joins other students in “midnight runs,” providing food
and warm clothing to New York City’s homeless. A member of the
women’s cross-country track team and a student in The
School of Education, Lori also has helped special-needs
children learn to read and has traveled to Paris, France, to teach
English in middle and high schools.
This sense of compassion, coupled with a love for children,
compelled Lori to pursue a career in education. “Once I enter the
classroom, I will be teaching students from diverse backgrounds and
experiences,” she observed. Having gained experience serving others
at St. John’s, Lori is confident she can inspire others in and
beyond the classroom.