Mrs. Laurie Gourley, School Director

Laurie was born and raised in the Midwest.   She has been married to Terry for 35 years, has 4 children, a new daughter-in-law and anew granddaughter, sweet Mercy Lynn Gourley.  They moved from Chicago to California in 2000 and have never regretted that decision!  She has been teaching for 33 years including home schooling her oldest 3 children; teaching illiterate adults; teaching composition at CASA; teaching English and holding the role of Activities Director at Grace Brethren High School; and lastly since 2009 she has enjoyed teaching English at LOMSAA along with being the Director!   She feels incredibly blessed by the Lord to have worked with so many wonderful families. 

If you would like to contact Mrs. Gourley, you may email her at director@lomsaa.com

Mrs. Shireen Russell, Teacher

Shireen has had the passion to be a teacher since she was in elementary school. She achieved this dream when she graduated with her Bachelors Degree in Child Development from CSU Fullerton and attended California Lutheran University for her teaching credential. She has over 25 years of teaching experience in both the traditional and virtual school settings. She is eager to help her students succeed in their education and is always looking for ways to make learning a fun experience! Shireen has three children, Cameron, Courtney, and Cailyn. When not teaching, Shireen enjoys spending time with her family, fishing and traveling. "I am so blessed to be a part of the LOMSAA family!"

If you would like to contact Mrs. Russell, you may email her at teacher@lomsaa.com.

Mrs. Susy Murphy, Teacher

Susy was born in California and has lived in Simi Valley since 1987. Both her parents immigrated here from Cuba in the early 60’s. She is married to Larry and has three children. She has taught many grade levels including 4th, 6th, 7th, 9th, and 12th. After teaching at Grace Brethren for five years, she was offered her dream job teaching middle school at LOMSAA where her middle child attended. She feels blessed to be able to partner with families in the educating of young minds and hearts. 

If you would like to contact Mrs. Murphy, you may email her at smurphy@lomsaa.com.

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