Elise is the daughter of an Army veteran. Her father’s career afforded her the opportunity to experience the rich beauty of the United States. His career fostered her ability to adapt to new surroundings and to meet people where they are.
With 10 years in education, her new calling, preparing students for a world where diversity, equity, and inclusivity are not only valued but also a necessary part of building a stronger economy and community.
Elise has focused on DEI curriculum through her educational experiences at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her knowledge base includes Cultural Identity In Schooling, Race In Modern Society, Liberation Struggles, Jewish and Women Studies, and Black American History.
Elise has been selected as a Teacher Leader for the immersive, cooperative, and supportive learning experience at the University of Kentucky-Jewish Heritage Program for the 2023-24 school year.
In a competitive application process, Elise was selected as only one of ten educators from across the state of Kentucky to participate in the 2023-2024 Kentucky Innovative Teacher Fellowship. Educators in this cohort craft innovative experiences that connect to three big ideas: creating vibrant learning experiences, accelerating innovation, and building a bold new future with communities.