Lisa is a writer, a mother and a former teacher and teacher-librarian who is now working part-time in the library field while pursuing her Library and Information Technician diploma.
She is a huge lover of books, kids, animals, gardening, martial arts, coffee, popcorn and chocolate, not always in that order.
As a former teacher-librarian, Lisa remains passionate about inspiring kids to love books and reading. She firmly believes a successful reader will become a successful life-long learner.
With nearly 2 decades of teaching experience, Lisa has worked with all grades from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. She collaborated extensively with colleagues on a variety of projects including professional development and school community events such as Literacy Nights and Math Nights. Lisa also wrote two articles for the Ontario School Library Association’s magazine, The Teaching Librarian — Hands of Peace, and Wikis Are Worth It!
In addition to her Bachelor of Education from Western University, Lisa holds additional qualifications in Special Education (Specialist), Librarianship (Part 1), ESL (Part 1) and Health and Physical Education (Part 1). While completing her Bachelor of Education, she was awarded the Beatrice Helmkay Scholarship for excellence in academics and teaching. She also earned an Honours Bachelor of Applied Science with distinction from the University of Guelph and a post-degree Public Relations Certificate with honours from Humber College.
After living on the prairies for a few years, she is now in Ontario with her husband, her sports-loving teen, and her precocious and articulate tween. Their lives are made complete, and definitely more chaotic, by their endlessly entertaining pets: their dog, Jordy, who is a goofy, energetic and remarkably loving soul, and their cat, Murphy, who is freakishly adept at getting the lids off of containers, especially the treats jar.
Lisa believes that the world would be a better place if everyone adopted a pet, planted some flowers and read daily.
“We lose ourselves in books, we find ourselves there too.”
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