2021 Visionary Award: Lisa DePaola
Lisa DePaola, the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for Plainedge Schools, is a lifelong learner, receiving degrees from University of Florida (BSBA’03 - Finance, MSESS’04 – Exercise and Sports Sciences/Sports Management), St. John’s University (MS’07 - Education, Ed.D.’21 - Education Supervision/Administration-anticipated), and Stony Brook University (CAGS’11 - Educational Leadership). Through excellent leadership skills and working knowledge of current exemplary educational pedagogy, she collaborates with stakeholders to provide all students exceptionally engaging learning experiences.
Lisa began her education career as a NYC math teacher for at-risk students and then became Assistant Principal in Lawrence. In her current position in Plainedge, Lisa built successful STEAM, universal pre-k, curriculum, summer, and adult education programs, enrichment academies, and unique educational spaces with state-of-the art technology across grades K-12 to foster students’ 21st Century Skills. Collaborating with middle school staff, she helped earn the school a national accreditation as an Essential Elements Schools-to-Watch. Recently, Lisa re-imagined and reopened schools amidst COVID with committees to ensure continuity of instruction in safe environments. To meet social emotional needs of staff and students, she assisted in partnering with Northwell Health to provide mental health services. Lisa is an integral part of the community building relationships inside and outside of the school district.
From sports arenas (MSG/Rangers) to political and educational arenas (NY Attorney General’s Office; Plainedge), Lisa uses her skills and experiences in public relations, finance, and education to create policies, write grants, and provide top-notch education, enriching programs, and events to all students and community members.