Lisa grew up in Minnesota and graduated from St. Olaf College with a degree in English and Studio Art. She moved to Olympia, WA to serve as an AmeriCorps member and then to Thailand to teach with the U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer. During these years, she traveled to many countries, ate amazing food, and learned to view teaching as a service that strengthens our communities.
In order to pursue her love of art, she studied printmaking in Italy for a year and later earned her Master’s in Fine Art from WCU. She worked at the WCU fine art museum, sold and exhibited her work, and taught college level courses at WCU and Warren Wilson College. She also provided art therapy to hospitalized veterans, senior citizens with memory loss, and adults with cognitive impairments.
Her career path switched gears when she became a mother. Staying at home to raise her two children for nine years is one of her biggest accomplishments in life. This experience fueled her interest in childhood development and informed her decision to pursue a career working with children as a professional educator.
She recently earned her MAT in Special Education (K-12) from WCU and is thrilled to join the FernLeaf family. She feels excited to work with students with special needs because she believes that every child, with the right support, can develop the ability to contribute to their community in a meaningful way.
Lisa and her husband, Joe, love spending time listening to all kinds of music, cooking delicious food, camping, hiking, and playing with their two children, Owen and Audrey.