“Chop! Chop!" are the words you may hear Lisa O'Malley bellowing as she leads GCCS students through Manhattan, Boston, or at the source of the Genesee River during in-depth field work. Among other things, our curriculum specialist is responsible for assisting teachers in the planning and implementation of quality fieldwork that directly relates to the content of classroom expeditions. She also facilitates expedition planning and professional development, and provides instructional coaching for teachers.
Lisa is native to Rochester and has remained local throughout her life. After graduating from Fairport High School, she attended SUNY Geneseo obtaining a B.S. in Elementary Education. Her Master’s Degree in Education is from Nazareth College. Lisa’s career began in Rochester City School District where she taught 4th through 6th grades for ten years. After the birth of her third child, Lisa left the full-time work of the classroom to care for her children and to work part-time facilitating Curriculum and Standards workshops for first year teachers in Rochester schools. Lisa has been the Curriculum Specialist at GCCS since the school opened in 2001.
In her “spare time” Lisa can be found on the sidelines of local baseball fields, volleyball courts, or on a pool deck supporting her four children. In the winter she enjoys downhill skiing with her family. All four of Lisa's children have attended GCCS.