Lisa Stubbs is an adjunct lecturer at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. For the past five years she has been teaching English and creative writing at Hillside Arts & Letters Academy high school in Queens, New York. As a high school teacher, Lisa developed new curricula for a diverse body of 10th and 11th grade students and founded and facilitated the school’s first literary and arts magazine, which features student work and is curated by a team of student editors. She currently teaches college composition and writes full time.
As an undergraduate, Lisa studied world history and English literature at Messiah College. While there, she also had the opportunity to study abroad at Oxford University, where she became familiar with the university’s tutorial system of education. She was later inspired to pursue a career in teaching, while working as a development associate for the Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan and seeing first-hand a model for student-centered learning that she admired and wanted to implement in the public school classrooms of her hometown New York City.
After coming to this realization, Lisa went on to attain a teaching of English Master’s degree from Teachers College at Columbia University and now also holds a Master’s of English degree from Brooklyn College. As a private tutor, Lisa has worked with students with a variety of interests and needs and at levels ranging from elementary through graduate school. Her own education has exposed her to numerous types of learning scenarios including public and private schooling, homeschooling, and, as mentioned, the one-to-one Oxford tutorial model. She owes her ability to tailor curricula to individual student needs to these diverse experiences, her training in academia and also on the ground in a public school environment, and her ongoing work with young people as a mentor and church youth leader. A professor of writing and an aspiring writer herself, Lisa is a passionate teacher, well-equipped to help students, at all levels, develop and perfect their writing and communication skills.