Meet Lisa

December 30, 2017

Who am I? 

Lisa has been an Early Childhood Educator for over 20 years. She’s worked with infants and young toddlers but also spent some years as a Preschool teacher. She currently works as a Lead Infant Teacher at the University of St. Thomas Child Development Center.


She came to the field of Early Education in a rather circuitous way, dabbling first in the for-profit and non-profit realms before finding her way to working with children. She'll be forever grateful for this unconventional journey to childcare, as it allowed her to approach the profession without preconceived notions about what it should be; rather she was able to ponder what it could be.


Lisa has been inspired by The Creative Curriculum with its child directed, learning through play focus. Magda Gerber’s Educaring® Approach philosophy also imparts great inspiration and Lisa was fortunate to have been able to take the RIE® Foundations™ course in 2016.

Her background as an English Major inspired a special interest in children’s literature and she enjoys her role as the librarian at the University of St. Thomas Child Development Center. She’s also organized diversity book fairs for center families to enjoy.


Lisa is happily married with 2 adolescent children. She strives to maintain a good work/life balance with varying degrees of success.


How did you find FORM?

Carolyn Paetzel invited me to my first FORM event and I’m ever so grateful.


What aspect of the Educaring® Approach resonates with you the most and why?

I’m particularly inspired by natural gross motor development.  Watching a child develop at their own pace, learning to fall, and getting back up again (thanks Magda!), never ceases to amaze me.  Observing children do their work without interference also inspires.


What are you most grateful for?

My family.  A bunch of very lovable goofballs.


What is one thing you do for yourself? Or what would you like to do for yourself?

I read for pleasure and always carry a book in my purse.


If your life was a book or song, what would the title be?

Imagine by John Lennon


What was your favorite book as a child?

I adored Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.  My second-grade teacher read it aloud to us and I was so entranced, I insisted that we buy a copy so I could read it at home.  It still sits proudly on my bookshelf.


What teacher inspired you the most? How?

My 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Mueting.  She encouraged me to write and to voice my opinion.


What 3 words best describe you?

Imaginative, open-minded, gentle


What is the best question anyone has asked you?

“ Would you like to hear your child’s heartbeat?”

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