Lisa is an advanced doctoral candidate in Curriculum and Teaching at Boston University, focusing in adolescent literacy and teacher development. She has served as lead teaching fellow, research assistant, and teaching assistant at Boston University, visiting lecturer at Salem State, and as lead teacher in the Intergenerational Literacy Program in Chelsea. Her research interests include academic language development, teacher leadership and development and disciplinary literacy instructional growth and innovation. Prior to her doctoral work, Lisa spent close to 20 years in a variety of education-related capacities including serving on various public and private school boards and teaching reading, English and social studies at the Watertown Middle School, where she also mentored new and student teachers. Lisa is a literacy coach and is currently building a private consulting practice working with secondary and college students in Academic reading and writing, college essay writing and college counseling. Prior to her career in Education, Lisa was in marketing with IBM, where she sold IBM systems solutions to solve business problems. She holds a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Georgetown University.