Alisa Leckie, NBCT, Ph.D - Senior Director
Alisa is a national board certified teacher in the area of Early Adolescents through Young Adulthood/English as a New Language with a content emphasis of English language arts. Alisa Leckie has nearly two decades of experience working with culturally and linguistically diverse students and their teachers. She began her career as a middle school English language arts teacher and over the course of the next 16 years taught reading, social studies and Spanish language arts. Like Suzanne, she worked in a district with a high percentage of students who qualified for free and reduced lunch as well as significant populations of English learners and students who received special education services.
Throughout her teaching experiences, Alisa focused on constructivist approaches to learning that built on students’ knowledge and experiences. During her time as a classroom teacher, Alisa received several awards for her teaching excellence. This was due in large part to her commitment to providing high quality experiences for her students and her willingness to continually add new structures and strategies to her teaching repertoire.
In addition to being a highly effective teacher, Alisa is also an Arizona state certified SEI trainer. She began this work when Arizona transitioned to an English-only state and required an SEI endorsement for all teachers. As a result, Alisa has worked with hundreds of teachers across the state as they worked toward acquiring their SEI endorsement. Many of the teachers with whom she worked were willing participants; however, initially many did not see the relevance to this new mandate in relation to their own teaching and practice. Alisa, along with Suzanne, has been able to work with these resistant teachers in ways that help them make connections between the concepts and strategies inherent in the SEI endorsement and their own instructional practice.
Alisa has also been instrumental in helping teachers and administrators transition to instruction based on the Common Core State Standards. She provides workshops on deconstructing the standards, developing tasks aligned with the standards, and augmenting instruction to meet the increased academic language expectations inherent in the standards. As part of the implementation process, Alisa engages in coaching cycles with teachers and instructional leaders across grade levels and content areas.
After earning her Ph.D. in adolescent literacy with an emphasis on English learners, Alisa accepted a position at Georgia Southern University in southeast Georgia. In her current role she teaches courses as part of the ESL endorsement and supervises pre-service teachers in the field. Additionally, she works with teachers in urban and rural school districts to help them provide quality instruction for the culturally and linguistically diverse students with whom they work. She has several ongoing research projects that examine the relationships between professional development, teacher’s pedagogical decisions and student achievement.