It is likely that professionals in all walks of life have dreams. Detectives probably dream of cracking a big case, medical researchers dream of finding an important cure, and authors dream of writing a great novel. Lisa Wing never shared those aspirations, but was very familiar with teacher dreams. Since beginning her career as a Rochester City School District teacher, she noticed that talk in faculty lounges and around copy machines often began with the phrase, “If I had my own school…” Part of that conversation stemmed from frustration about administrative requirements or seemingly bureaucratic decisions. But there was always something more at the heart of it. There was a deep understanding about how children learn best and how teachers could thrive in a professionally stimulating environment. There were seeds of a vision about how schools could be run to foster an intellectual enterprise that remained true to professional ideals.
When the New York Charter School Law passed in 1998, it seemed a perfect opportunity for Lisa and a group of like-minded teachers and community members to act upon their vision and create the Genesee Community Charter School. Lisa led this group of founders through the charter development and application process, and then became its first School Leader in 2001.
Lisa received her Ph.D. in Teaching and Curriculum from Syracuse University. She earned her Master's Degree from Syracuse University and Bachelor's Degree from Wayne State University. She holds certifications in special education, general education, early childhood education, and school district administration. Her previous positions include special education and general education teacher of preschool through Grade 6, curriculum specialist, professional development specialist for the Rochester Teachers Association, and adjunct professor at Nazareth College of Rochester.
Lisa is married and has two sons, both of whom have benefitted from the excellent education provided at GCCS. Both sons currently attend McQuaid Jesuit High School.