Laurie Ruoti started her CPS (Chicago Public School) career in 2005 at Marconi Elementary Community Academy, then accepted a position as the Special Education Teacher at Hamline Elementary in the Back of the Yards in 2008.
Throughout her career, Laurie made it a point to stay active after school. She went to the gym, did a little running and took weekly yoga classes. However, her long drive from the Back of the Yards to her home on the Northside made it difficult to fit in exercise.
Six months before retiring in June 2021, Laurie started working out with a trainer. Her determination and consistency impressed her trainer, and he encouraged her to attend a women’s powerlifting seminar. Laurie was hesitant at first, but then decided to delve out of her comfort zone and try something new.