Meet Our Upper School Director
“We see our Upper School students as already-active participants in the world that they will shape after their years in a school setting”
Over the course of her 21 years at AIS, Lisa has served as a math teacher in Middle and Upper Schools, coordinator for community service in Upper School, and as Math Department Chair and Dean of Students — twice. Her extraordinary commitment to our School has been marked by a singular purpose: the well-being of the students in her care. After serving as interim director, she became Upper School Director in Spring 2019.
At the core of this seeking lies a deep and rigorous curriculum: one that balances the skills necessary to master a liberal arts program with the expectation of studying widely, and encouraging flexibility to pursue individual interests. Founded in research about how girls learn best, our academic and co-curricular programs engage students in opportunities that cultivate creative problem-solving, leadership, innovation, digital competence, community involvement, collaboration and global perspective.
The dynamic relationships our students and teachers share is visible everywhere you look. In our small-group advisories and our science labs, from the sidelines to the art studios, our teachers hold the highest expectations for our students and encourage them to reach past self-imposed limits. It is in the nurturing hold of these relationships that our students learn to soar: they take risks, ask questions, and learn that success comes in many iterations and with many definitions.
We see our Upper School students as already-active participants in the world that they will shape after their years in a school setting — and that world is one that demands ingenuity, resilience, empathy, and joy in the unknown.
Upper School Director