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by Isabel Wiemken


On behalf of the students, parents, faculty, staff, and administration of Servite High School, it is with great joy and confidence that we announce Mrs. Laura DiCrisi as one of ParentingOC's Top 25 Teachers of Orange County for the 2020-2021 school year. Since 2011, Mrs. DiCrisi has taught various sciences at Servite, including Chemistry, Honors Chemistry, Biology, Physical Science, and AP Environmental Science.

Teaching science in an all-boys environment, Mrs. DiCrisi makes the difficult balance between preparedness and flexibility look easy. She knows exactly how to present her lessons and labs in a way that boys retain and respond to the best. Whether it’s a lecture with engaging presentations and real-world community-based applications, or a pizza party for the boys on a Saturday exam review, she understands her students and strives for their success inside and outside of the classroom. Mrs. DiCrisi extends this support to fellow teachers and has become the go-to mentor for her colleagues. She has taught nearly every subject in the science department and has a strong desire to help teachers help students.

Mrs. DiCrisi’s work extends far beyond the science department. She has dedicated time, energy, and enthusiasm to help with admissions, campus ministry, theatre, student leadership, and so much more. She has hosted admissions information nights for prospective families, interviewed potential students and teachers, played an instrumental role in the creation of Servite’s Student Admissions Ambassador Program, proctored the Priory Leadership program, lead small groups at numerous campus ministry retreats, and even participated in several student plays with the Trinitas Arts Conservatory. 

Mrs. DiCrisi not only excels as a science teacher, but also encapsulates everything that Servite High School, a Catholic school, represents. She is a strong woman of faith and is a natural advocate for Servite’s greater mission to Form Faith-Filled Leaders. She is a wonderful collaborator, a role model, a trusted colleague, and a dedicated teacher.

It’s been a challenging year for all educators, and it’s the work of every teacher that brings continued perseverance to our schools. We at Servite are proud of Mrs. DiCrisi and all teachers for their impact on our communities. We also congratulate the other Top 25 Teachers in Orange County for their hard work!

Please check out the full issue of ParentingOC's March edition!

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