Lisa Clark has a B.S. in Ed., M.S. in Ed. and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Administration and is STARR Trauma Trained. She lives in Loves Park, Illinois with her partner, Lynn. She has worked at the high school level as a teacher, middle school level as an A.P. and the elementary level as a principal. She believes it is critical that we meet the basic needs of children no matter the age or grade level or how callused a student may appear on the exterior; every student has the same needs: food, shelter along with the components from the Circle of Courage: belonging, mastery, independence and generosity.
She is an active member of the Harlem School Districts Leadership Team and Equity Team. She worked with the committee to form new district policies to address equity for the GLBTQ population. As a result the Harlem School District was recognized by the Illinois Safe School Alliance with the “Allies of the Year Award.” She was also selected to work with her Superintendent, Dr. Julie Morris, to present at the Pacific Education Group National Summit in Austin, Texas in 2016 on the topic of, “Leading While White, Courageous Conversations.” She presented on how to approach staff members and train staff to recognize their own racial biographies and “see color” when they are working with diverse student populations. She believes it is critical for educators to be racially conscious. The work has led her on a journey that began with self-reflection, growth, inspiration and motivation that continues to allow her to lead and present information regarding the past, the present and the future of systematic racism and inequities that are prevalent in our current society.
She is very passionate about the work she does with children.” She feels the school climate needs to function as a family for every child and staff member throughout the day. She leads by example in every aspect of her work and believes when there is a need, there is a way. She lives by the motto, “Every child, every chance, every day.”
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