Degrees and Certifications:
Certifications: Music EC-12 EC-6 ESL Supplimental Bachelors Degree - Psychology
Mrs. Lori Ann Ainsworth
Hello! My name is Mrs. Lori Ainsworth. I live in Hutto with my husband with whom I have had a relationship for 34 years and our 9 year-old daughter. I love to sing, draw and have fun with my family. I have taught preschool for 28 years getting my students ready for "big school". During that time, I also taught music and inherited a music business which I re-named Born Musicians. I taught music using mostly the Kodaly method of teaching music for a total of 8 years. Three years ago, I taught for the first time as an elementary teacher in Kindergarten in another district. I am so grateful for that experience. But my heart still lied with Howard Norman where my daughter first began school. I was so excited when I was chosen to be Mrs. Martinez's aide. Mrs. Martinez was my daughter's Kindergarten Teacher and we love her! We were so happy to be back! After having assisted in Pre-k for a year, I became a first grade teacher here at Howard Norman. Our First Grade Team is amazing and I learned so much from them. I loved being a classroom teacher! Now, I am returning to my first love, Music! I am super excited to be the Music Teacher here at Howard Norman! I truly believe music holds a special place in everyone's life and I cannot wait to experience music with our sensational group of supersingers!
Now you know me professionally, so here's a little about myself personally... I was born and raised in Texas! My heritage is mostly Mexican (included in my ancestroy is Spanish, French and according to my grandpa, Apache - but that hasn't been verified). I like to call myself a Texican! When I was little I wanted to be a veterinarian, then a singer, then a band director. I really loved to sing and most days could be found in my bedroom singing to my favorite songs on the radio. I graduated from Hearne High School in Hearne, Texas. Then off to college. Most of my family are Aggies but I had other ideas…
In December of 1992, I graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. My first year, I majored in Music. I loved it! Then something happened. It was during my college career that I was bitten by the teaching bug. After completing my first year of college, I began teaching preschool and have been teaching ever since. I am also a life-long learner so in April of 2016, I decided to take a leap and began pursuing an Alternative Teaching Certification in Early Childhood through 6th grade. I have passed three certification exams - EC – 6, English as a Second Language and Music EC – 12 and am now certified in all three!
I am eager to begin my journey as an Elementary Music teacher. I am looking forward to a fun filled year of fine arts here at Howard Norman Elementary!