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Gregory Lakey

Gregory Lakey

8th Grade Mathematics Instructor

Environmental Charter Middle School - Gardena

Gardena, CA



National Board Certified Instructor, Mr. Greg Lakey was a student-athlete at the University of Southern California and Loyola Marymount University.  He graduated from LMU with a Bachelors in Business Administration emphasizing in Computer Information Systems. Greg started his professional basketball career in Beirut, Lebanon and later played professionally in Jordan, Syria, Chile and Germany. Once his playing days were over he decided to pursue education as a way to provide the type of motivation and encouragement he wished he would have received from teachers in his youth. Over the last 17 years he has taught Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Independent learning courses & created, implemented and received A-G accreditation for 2 courses he wrote the curriculum for: Accelerated Integrated 9th grade Mathematics and Math 9. Mr. Lakey is a firm believer in “exploratory” curriculum that is hands-on, tangible and applicable.  He used physics equipment to create and publish “Cars, Ramps, and Photogates: An Integrated Approach to Teaching Linear Equations”, used real time banking data to connect exponential equations and savings accounts, students hand built rockets to investigate the relationships between quadratics, physics, & trigonometry and introduced the stock market to the classroom in his publication “Standard Deviation and the Stock Market”.


Mr. Greg Lakey’s words of Inspiration!!

There will be roadblocks in your life that you cannot escape, in lieu of this, there is no excuse for being unprepared. Every day you are preparing for a new opportunity, experience, or roadblock that is right around the corner. The moment you are not ready, someone else takes what should have been yours.

“If you stay ready, you do not have to get ready.” – Suga Free