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Lyndee Knox, PhD

Founding Director

Lyndee is the mother of two children, 11 and 16. The Lab is a labor of love for Lyndee.  Lyndee holds a doctorate in Educational and School Psychology, is a former Associate Professor of Family Medicine from the University of Southern California, and is trained in Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) and psycho-educational assessment. She is the former co-director of the CDC-funded Academic Center of Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention, an expert in program replication, co-developer of the internationally recognized school readiness program, Madres a Madres, in collaboration with promotores from Latino Health Access and author of Beyond Suppression: Global Perspectives on Youth Violence Prevention that features the work of youth leaders from around the globe.

Torry Thompson

Lead Teacher/Advisor

Mr. "T" as Torry prefers to be called, has been with the Lab since early 2016.  A credentialed teacher and math expert who is known for his ability to inspire and engage his students, Mr. T oversees instruction and classes for students 4th-8th grades and provides oversight for the Lab's teaching staff. Mr. T was one of the first educators in LA County to introduce personalized, self-guided learning approaches into the classroom, including the Khan Academy,.

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Perri Hockema

Teacher/Advisor for K-3rd

Perri majored in Early Childhood Education with an emphasis on English Language Learners and also completed her Masters in Education in Curriculum and Instruction.  Perri's experience includes teaching K-3rd-grade classrooms, 2-years as team lead for Kindergarten in a Title 1 school, and in-depth work with emerging and early readers.  

Perri has extensive experience with Writers and Readers Workshop,  interdisciplinary project-based learning, and personalized work with pre and early readers - all core elements of our curriculum at the Lab.  Perri loves working with young learners, is passionate about innovation in education and is excited about the Lab's focus on student self-agency and joy in learning.


Perri recently relocated to Long Beach with her fiance who is a medical resident at UC Irvine and has fallen in love with the area.  In her free time, Perri loves soccer, cooking, hanging out with her cat, Kevin, and music concerts.

Katrina Locsin

SharEducate Administrator