I am Lee Cottrell

Welcome to my website.
This site is about me and my family.

Lee Cottrell at retirement party


Who I am is a complex question. I am continually redefining who I am. The external pressures of life change me daily. I am not the same person I was yesterday, and am not the person I will be tomorrow. While I am not the person I want to be, I am quite happy with myself.

People always ask me what I did before I retired. It is simple, I taught. I treated every moment as a teachable moment. In my previous job at Pittsburgh Technical College, and in previous schools, I tried to make the people around me more knowledgable. I believe that the more a person knows and experiences, the better prepared they are for handling the changes that life throws at them.

Laurie and Lee


Laurie and I married on June 12, 1993. She enjoys cross stitching, spending evenings with friends, reading, shopping and going for long drives in the car. We have had quite a good life together. Despite the ups and downs, we stick with each other.

We are an old fashioned family. We eat dinner together most nights, and try to spend time together on the weekends. We tend to read the same books, and watch the same shows, giving us something to talk about. We bicker, but support each other at all times.


Lizzie was born February 8, 1998 and is an excellent teacher, and person. She loves to be active, travel, listen to music, and watch movies. Elizabeth rowed for Three Rivers Rowing and as a D1 athlete for Robert Morris University. In 2020, she spent several months student teaching in New Zealand.

Elizabeth graduated from Robert Morris University with a Bachelors Degree in Biology, and a PA Teachers Certificate. She currently is teaching Scienc at her alma matter, City Charter High School in Downtown Pittsburgh. This fullfilled a lifelong dream of being a teacher. She lives in Dormont with her boyfriend, Zach

Laurie and Lee


Chris was born August 17, 2002. He is an excellent student, particularly in math. Chris is an athlete. He is a very talented soccer keeper and works out every day. He enjoys playing video games with friends and hunting with me.

Chris graduated from Pittsburgh Technical College with a culinary degree. He works in the kitchen at the prestigious Rivers Club. Chris has enjoyed cooking forever. As expected, he is a fantastic cook.