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.