Lora Catches

lora@thundervalley.org

Lora was born on the Pine Ridge Reservation and grew up in Denver, CO. Lora moved home to Pine Ridge after graduating high school and graduated from Cosmetology College in 2007. She is a passionate cosmetologist and owner of her own beauty salon six miles north of Pine Ridge. Lora recently finished her classes for a Bachelor of Science in K-8 elementary education and received her AA in Lakota Studies from Oglala Lakota College. Lora has eight years experience with Oglala Lakota County School District, having worked at Rocky Ford Elementary School and Bastesland Elementary School, both on the Pine Ridge reservation. Lora has also attended Sitting Bull College in Ft. Yates, ND for the Lakota Summer Institute, in 2013 and 2014, to begin her Lakota Language Learning. Lora joined the Lakota Immersion Childcare Center in June 2016. Lora has developed a passion for learning and teaching and is dedicated to Lakota revitalization in her community. She is eager to continue increasing her fluency and teach young people the Lakota language.