Director, Summer Institutes
Alisa is a bold student of
education whose teaching practice blends academic rigor with service learning, emotional
literacy and global leadership.
As Director of Social and Emotional
Learning and Service Learning at Phillips Brooks School in Menlo Park,
California, Alisa developed and taught
SEL and service curriculum for the classroom.
She also developed
and taught SEL and service programs for the school-wide community. Her work included designing and presenting programs
to help parents reinforce SEL and service with their children.
Alisa also taught
third grade during her time at Phillips Brooks.
She focused on the integration of social curriculum with academic learning.
As an instructor in the Roots of
Empathy program at Beauvoir, the National Cathedral School, in Washington DC,
Alisa taught emotional literacy. Part of
the curriculum included helping first grade students develop an intimate
connection with an infant as a way to facilitate personal exploration and
understanding of others.
Alisa also worked
for the early stage of the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, South
Africa. Her contributions helped the
Academy advance its mission “to transform Africa into a peaceful and prosperous
continent by developing and supporting its future leaders.”
Alisa’s experience includes
assignments with Challenge Success, working with schools and organizations
across the United States to build healthy school climate and to increase
student engagement and well-being.
At workshop, she has particular
expertise at leading sessions on fundamental SEL skills, cooperative play, and
the interconnection of self to others.
graduated from Middlebury College. She
holds a Masters in Education from Stanford University, with a focus in Policy,
Organization and Leadership Studies.
inspired by her colleagues, teachers and students, and is grateful for her
husband, Coley, and their four young children.