credentials.

M.A.T. Special Education 

  • Eight years of experience as a Diverse Learning and Theatre educator in CPS and charter schools

Curriculum Creator, Once Upon Our Time Capsule

  • Created original curricula for city-wide arts project to aid young children in processing the pandemic and envisioning more beautiful futures

  • Worked with partners in Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Libraries, DuSable Museum, Hyde Park Art Center, Girl Scouts, schools, camps and hospitals on specific implementation

  • Trained teachers city-wide on trauma-informed pedagogy and implementation of this material

  • Collaborated with psychology team at Lurie Center for Childhood Resilience during creation and implementation

 

Curriculum & Pedagogy Consultant for the Chicago Children’s Theatre

  • Led multiple trainings for Teaching Artists and affiliated schools on trauma-informed practices and curricula

  • Created curriculum and assessment materials for synchronous zoom instruction

  • Trained and coached teaching artist staff on engagement, participation and learning

 

Executive Director of arts education nonprofit Backyard Chicago

  • Consultant for several schools on arts integration

  • Presenter at Ingenuity’s Arts Education Conference 2019 on Backyard’s innovative trauma-responsive curriculum and model

  • Trained team of teaching artists on curriculum implementation

 

Trauma Responsive Curriculum Consultant for the Chicago Children’s Theatre

  • Partnered with Lurie Children’s Hospital to develop online workshop series

 

Teacher Coach at Piccolo School of Excellence

  • Mentored new and struggling teachers weekly through observation and feedback cycles

  • Demonstrated improvement in Danielson ratings for Diverse Learning instructors and higher gains for students

 

Specials Team Consultant at Piccolo School of Excellence

  • Implemented observation and assessment measures in arts classrooms to notable increase in student engagement per student surveys

 

Anti-Racist Pedagogy Facilitator for staff at Piccolo School of Excellence

  • Using 5 Essentials and teacher Survey Data showed a significant increase in student voice and relational trust 

"When we pivoted to online formatting, Lizzy was at the forefront, problem solving how we do this efficiently and effectively. She ensured kids received dynamic and interesting instruction while tackling larger thematic issues. She made it her mission to make sure everybody was actively engaged. She also consults with our young teachers, creating rubrics to help guide our training. I could not recommend Lizzy more."

Dexter Ellis, Director of Education and Community Engagement, Chicago Children's Theatre