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Dr. Lisa R. Small


Dr. Lisa R. Small is a career changer from Chicago who began her studies in the field of education more that a decade ago. She has worked in a variety of leadership roles with SLPS, which has increased and stretched her leadership capacity in different areas. Her passion to excel in this work and to be a lifelong learner has propelled her forward into educational leadership. As a former teacher of students with special needs, Dr. Small embraces the hard work and commitment to working rigorously with educators in implementing non-traditional research based instructional practices that create opportunities for students to be academically and socially successful. Strategically planned lessons that involve "hands on" instruction and connections to the real world keeps  students engaged and motivated to learn the SLPS curriculum. Dr. Small is proud to lead the only Montessori school in the SLPS district and has made the commitment to revitalizing this student-centered practice so that every child will have the opportunity to be empowered by their learning. 

"Moving Full Steam Ahead"