Lisa LaFavers

Senior Specialist, Indiana

Lisa LaFavers comes to NIET with 28 years of experience in the field of education. During her educational career, Lisa served in a variety of roles. She was a classroom teacher, reading interventionist, and a reading and math instructional coach. Lisa's district partnered with NIET in 2011, at which time she served as a TAP mentor teacher for six years, and eventually the TAP master teacher supporting kindergarten through third grade teachers in two buildings in the district. While in her role as master teacher, Lisa was instrumental in identifying the district's need to focus on math instruction in grades kindergarten through third grade in response to declining student growth on local and state assessments. This data led to a fundamental shift in the approach to math instruction and the alignment and adoption of math curriculum for grades kindergarten through sixth grade. Lisa was responsible for researching, field testing, and designing the weekly job-embedded professional development to introduce and support teachers in current math best instructional practices. 

As a senior specialist on the Indiana team, Lisa uses her years of teaching and coaching experiences to support districts as they are beginning their partnership with NIET. She is excited to watch educators grow professionally and the impact of this professional learning and growth will have on the growth and achievement of students.

Lisa earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education, with a minor in reading, from Indiana University. She also completed graduate work in elementary curriculum and instruction at Olivet Nazarene University. 

 Lisa  LaFavers

Why are you passionate about working for NIET?

My passion for working for NIET is born out of my own experience of being an educator in a district that partnered with NIET. I was able to experience firsthand the impact that NIET's model of weekly embedded professional development based on our local data had on me as a professional educator. This professional growth immediately transferred to my students in the classroom. Now I am excited to coach building leaders, and master and mentor teachers as they embark on their partnership with NIET. 

Who is your favorite teacher?

I feel so fortunate to have attended great schools and encountered so many dedicated and passionate teachers throughout my entire education. However, there are two teachers who were so influential during my high school career. Those teachers are Sharon Keith and Lennyce Powers. Both were passionate and dedicated teachers who knew their content and how to effectively engage their students daily in their classrooms. Their content knowledge paled in comparison to the relationships they built with their students.  In the late 70s and early 80s, social-emotional learning (SEL) was not at the forefront of education. Both Sharon and Lennyce just instinctively knew that students, especially high school students, needed to feel accepted and valued in the classroom. I feel so very fortunate to have had these teachers in my corner all four years of high school. They were instrumental in my decision to become a teacher. Their professionalism and passion for education was admirable, but their genuine love and concern for their students are what I admired most and wanted to emulate. Luckily, both of these amazing educators are still a part of my life, and I am blessed to call them friends!

What do you do in your free time?

During my free time, I love to spend time with my family, read for both pleasure and to grow professionally, shop, and travel. My daughter keeps my husband and me busy keeping up with her high school academics and activities. I also spend many hours at softball diamonds locally and around the state watching my daughter's travel softball team play.