Lisa has worked in education in a variety of roles for more than 20 years. She began working as an aide in special education and later earned her bachelor degree in elementary education K-8 at the University of Alaska. After teaching 14 years in both middle and elementary settings, most of which were multi age, Lisa received her Master's Degree in Guidance and Counseling to fulfill her passion for better meeting the needs of her students in the areas of social and emotional learning. Lisa was instrumental in the implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support in her role as a counselor and Tier II Behavior Coordinator in the Mat Su School District. Lisa was recognized with the "Presidential Teacher of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching" in 2001.
I know from research and experience that the teacher makes the difference in the classroom and that is a responsibility I have taken very personally as an educator. I believe that genuine caring relationships are essential for engaging students in learning. Creating safe learning environments of dignity and respect are non-negotiable. I am honored to be part of the ASMP, supporting new teachers in effective practices that will better meet the needs of children.