Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Lisa is the Director of Technology & Innovation, Head of Computer Science and Director of the Learning Innovation Institute at The Ellis School. Her background is diverse as is the role at Ellis. She has worked in industry, for the United States Nuclear Navy and in higher-education where she taught for over ten years before joining The Ellis School. In addition to her role at Ellis, Lisa is an education consultant helping other schools and informal learning organizations re-envision curriculum particularly shifting from passive to active learning leveraging approaches like blended learning, design thinking and maker education.
Lisa focused her Doctorate studies on curriculum development and technology integration and holds Masters Degrees in both instructional technology and integrated marketing. In addition to her role as CIO at The Ellis School, Lisa directs partnerships and helps build innovative teaching & learning practices across the curricular program. She teaches in both the middle and upper schools and is passionate about helping girls gain creative confidence, perseverance and take-risks. Most recently, Lisa designed the Ellis CoLaboratory, a Design Thinking and collaboration space in the Ellis Upper School and launched "The Active Classroom for Girls," with a focus on engaging girls in physics and engineering in new and exciting ways. On Saturdays, she is often with the STEAM Powered Girls, a Middle School First LEGO robotics team.
Lisa is on the Board of Trustees for Online School for Girls, a consortium member for the Center for STEM Education for Girls, the Executive Committee for the International Society of Technology Education (ISTE) independent school educators network and co-founder of EdcampPGH. She was most recently selected for the EdCamp Foundation's national Public Relations Committee. She is also on the planning committee for the Three Rivers EdTech Conference.
Lisa was awarded Non-Profit CIO of the Year by thePittsburgh Technology Council in 2013. In 2014, she was an honorable mention for Leader of the Year from Technology & Learning Magazine, Athena Young Professional Award Nominee and an NAIS Teache