Lisa Ross – General Studies

Kenzie looking ladylike smaller file

What lies behind you and what lies in front of you pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
It’s all about me. Well, actually, this page is all about me, but the classroom is truly all about your children! Many of you know me as a member of our wonderful community at The Jacksonville Jewish Center. Marc (my husband) and I have two vivacious daughters who are thirteen and fifteen. The ladylike princess you see in the photo is our yellow Labrador, Kenzie. We have lived in Jacksonville for ten years.

I have had a long career in teaching and am grateful to have had so many learning opportunities. I attended Washington University and earned my Bachelor’s degree with a major in psychology. I worked as a secretary for IBM for three years and learned that I needed to do something that was fulfilling. I went back to school and earned my Master’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education at NYU. My first teaching job was at a Yeshiva in Brooklyn where I taught first grade. I moved to Northern Virginia and began teaching second grade at a magnet school in Fairfax County with a very diverse group of students. Eighty percent of them were learning English as their second language, and it was truly a gift to get to know them and their families. During my third year teaching second grade I earned National Board Certification, and you can read about that here. I met Marc, and we decided to move to Charlotte, North Carolina to be a little closer to my parents. I taught third grade there, and eventually began teaching at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Marc and I were blessed when we became parents, and I worked part time for several years, supervising interns in their field placement. We then moved to Jacksonville and I started working part-time, then full time in The College of Education at University of North Florida. I thought that perhaps I might go back to a classroom, so I began a second master’s degree in the field of reading. It is an on-line program at The University of Missouri, and I will do my research semester this Fall and finish that degree in December.

I love to read, bake, travel, play with Kenzie and take her to the beach, and spend time with family and friends. I like to pretend that I am crafty and usually end up spending more money on supplies than if I had simply purchased what I wanted in the first place! I love to laugh and believe that humor is essential in every classroom, and I find joy in small moments.

Thank you for sharing your children with me. When I look at them, I think of what I would want for my own daughters, and how I can make school a place where they want to be. I’m looking forward to a fantastic school year.