This summer, when Lorin Burrows was weighing where he wanted to teach, the most obvious choice was Franklin County Technical School.
“The Franklin County Tech administration was very welcoming. It just felt right here. Everyone’s been really nice to me.”
“I interviewed here and at another school,” Lorin said. “The Franklin County Tech administration was very welcoming. It just felt right here. Everyone’s been really nice to me.”
Lorin is the tech school’s new welding and metal fabrication program teacher. He comes to FCTS with impressive educational credentials and background in the field.
A native of Sutton, Lorin graduated in 1987 from Blackstone Valley Regional Technical Vocational High School where he was in the metal fabrication program. He then attended a two-year welding technology program at Worcester Industrial Technical Institute. He graduated from WITI in 1989 with a degree in mechanical engineering.
Following his graduation, Lorin took a job with General Electric in Fitchburg in the steam turbine division. He worked at GE as a pipe welder from 1989-1998, mostly on projects for the U.S. Navy.
“It was a great place to work,” Lorin said.
“I liked trade school and my father was a big fan of trade schools. I liked training apprentices.”
In 1998, Lorin and a business partner opened a shop in Holden and struck out on their own, working on boat propellers, snow guns, and pipes.
“We were out on the road a lot,” he said.
Lorin became interested in teaching and substituted at Worcester Technical High School and Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School in Charlton.
“I always thought about teaching,” he said. “I liked trade school and my father was a big fan of trade schools. I liked training apprentices. I could always tell who on the job was from a trade school.”
Lorin has been married for 21 years to wife Mary. The couple has two children, Benjamin, 14, and Emilia, 12. The family lives in Princeton. He jokes that because Benjamin plays hockey and Emilia plays soccer, he is now as much of a taxi driver shuttling them to and from practice and games as he is a teacher.
Besides the welcoming environment, Lorin likes that FCTS is a small community and he’s found that many of the students have the same interests in hunting and the outdoors as he does.
“I hunt, fish, go cross country skiing and make my own maple syrup,” Lorin said. “I like the people and kids here. Like me, the kids are into things like farming and hunting.”