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About Lead Teacher

Ms. Samantha (McCarthy) Lurie is the DMAC pathway lead. Mrs. Lurie has been teaching in the district since 1998 after a four-year stint at St. Joseph High School. Her love of the arts began in middle school when she took her first theater class. From that moment she was hooked! Mrs. Lurie earned her English degree at Loyola Marymount University, and she has continued her education completing a master's degree. When Mrs. Lurie took over the theater program after teaching English for 20+ years, she obtained her CTE credential. Mrs. Lurie also has her National Board certification. Mrs. Lurie has worked with various children's theaters in Long Beach in the last 15 years, and she enjoys creating costumes as well. Mrs. Lurie's goals for DMAC are to create an environment where each child feels that they belong.