Lauritzen is a lifelong Valley school teacher, education reformer and
neighborhood leader who has dedicated his life to improving the quality of
education for Valley children.
The son of a rancher/author
and elementary school teacher, the Lauritzen family came to the San Fernando
Valley in 1954. Jon graduated from
Canoga Park High School and went on to earn his Bachelors Degree from Cal State
University Northridge. He would
later return to CSUN for a Master's Degree in Education and teaching credential.
Upon graduation, Jon enlisted in the U.S. Army.
After basic training at Ft. Ord, California, Jon applied and was accepted
into the Officer Candidate School at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma and was commissioned 2nd
Lieutenant upon graduation.
When he left the service, Jon
returned home to the Valley and settled down with his wife Janice.
After he completed his student teaching assignments at hale Middle School
and Granada Hills High School, Jon found a permanent position to teach at
Columbus Middle School in West Hills. Janice
Lauritzen, also a teacher, worked nearby at Sutter Middle School and Cleveland
Jon and Janice have been
blessed with two wonderful children, Eric and Ridi, both graduates of Chatsworth
High School. Their daughter Ridi is
now a science teacher at Lawrence Middle School carrying on the Lauritzen
tradition to a new generation.
Jon spent 17 years as a Math
and Computer Science teacher at Columbus before transferring to Canoga Park High
School. He was responsible for
writing and developing courses in computers for both faculty and students.
Jon Lauritzen is a life member
of the Santa Susanna Mountain Park Association where he has been a supporter of
the establishment and expansion of the new State Park in the area.
Jon has become a recent board member of the Foundation for the
Preservation of the Santa Susanna Mountains, and he is active in the Chatsworth
Jon is Co-Chair of the
Chatsworth Coordinating Council, which is an umbrella organization for community
concerns and activities. When the
Department of Neighborhood Empowerment established guidelines for neighborhood
councils, Jon became Co-Chair, joining with others to organize the Chatsworth
Jon is currently District
Director of the "We the People" program of the Center for civic
Education, which provides textbooks for students and training for teachers.