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Lori Stello-Perez - Psychology Department

Office: CRSC 142
Phone: 410-777-1231

Teaching Philosophy

Learning is not something given to another, it is something sought, coveted, and inspired by an individual. It is not a guarantee and does not occur only in one's successes. Some of my biggest life lessons have been in my own failures. In fact, I firmly believe that we learn more from our mistakes than we do from our successes. To that end, I do not believe that it is a professor's role to teach, but to inspire, encourage, and engage in a process of reciprocity whereby both teachers and students learn from each other. True learning cannot be measured by a grade, but by the end result of knowledge and understanding be it of a concept related to psychology or in self-understanding and reflection. To me, each is of equal value in our life journey.  

“The only kind of learning which significantly influences behavior is self-discovered or self-appropriated learning—truth that has been assimilated in experience.” -- Carl Rogers

“Some are born with knowledge, some derive it from study, and some acquire it only after a painful realization of their ignorance. But the knowledge being possessed, it comes to the same thing. Some study with a natural ease, some from a desire for advantages, and some by strenuous effort. But the achievement being made, it comes to the same thing.” -- Kung Fu Tzu (Confucius)

“One of the reasons people stop learning is that they become less and less willing to risk failure.” --John W. Gardner


  • B.S. Psychology, Towson State University
  • M.Ed. Counseling and Guidance, Valdosta State University
  • Ed.S. School Psychology, Valdosta State University (Specialization in Early Intervention)
  • D.Ed. School Psychology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Specialization in Neuropsychology)

Licenses and Certifications

  • Nationally Certified School Psychologist
  • Certified School Psychologist (Maryland and Georgia)

Professional Affiliations

  • National Association of School Psychologists
  • Maryland Association of School Psychologists
  • American Association for Women in Community Colleges

Awards and Honors

  • Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers
  • Outstanding Student in School Psychology Award (2-time winner)
  • Pi Lambda Theta Honor Society
  • Psi Chi Honor Society
  • Golden Key Honor Society
  • Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society

Professional Experience

  • Executive Director, The Educational Resource Group
  • Assistant Professor of Psychology, CCBC Catonsville
  • Educational Consultant to Baltimore City Public Schools
  • School Psychologist, Baltimore County Public Schools
  • Pre-Doctoral Internship in Neuropsychology at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital
  • School Psychologist, Valdosta City Public Schools