Meet Your Neighbor is a feature of the Independent that introduces readers to a community member. To receive a profile form or to nominate a neighbor, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Lisa Creaser will be the principal at Mesa High School beginning with the 2014-15 school year.
Name: Ms. Lisa Creaser.
School: Mesa High School.
How long I have worked in education: I have worked in education since I graduated from college – although I was lucky enough to stay at home for a couple of years when my children were young, and I worked part-time when they began school.
Why I chose to work for this school: When I applied for a high school principalship I was willing to consider any school in the district. Through the interview process, and as I have met with teachers at Mesa High School, I have been thoroughly impressed with the dedication and passion of the educators I will work with. Together we will do great things for the students at Mesa High.
What I like most about what I do: The teachers and students. I love having earnest conversations about teaching with those who are in the classroom every day, and I take very seriously my role as an instructional leader. My goal is to support every teacher and help each one be the best educator possible. Additionally, I am so lucky to have a career which allows me to spend time each day with teenagers. I am passionate about what I do every day!
Where I came from: Mountain View High School.
What degree(s) I hold and from what institution: Bachelor of Science in education with an emphasis in French and Spanish, University of Nebraska – Lincoln; Master of Arts in education with an emphasis in English, Northern Arizona University; Principal’s Certificate – Northern Arizona University.
If I had picked a different occupation, it might have been: It would be fun to host a show on the Travel Channel. The only thing better than traveling, I suppose, would be to earn a paycheck to do it!
My vision for the school: My vision for Mesa High School includes school pride that is evident through academic, extra-curricular and athletic success. Go Jackrabbits!
Favorite community cause and why: My favorite community cause is Desert Club of the East Valley. I’ve been a member of this women’s service organization for nine years. We exist to help fund other community organizations and provide scholarships to high school graduates who will be first generation college students.
My interests and hobbies: My favorite time of year is the Christmas season and because of my involvement with Desert Club I spend many, many months preparing for the Christmas Idea House. That means I craft and create Christmas decorations while enjoying Christmas music. Yes, even in the summer I “Deck the Halls!”
The best and/or worst time in my life: The best things that ever happened to me were my three children. I honestly like them – and now that they are young adults and largely on their own, I miss them tremendously.
The trait(s) I admire in others: Among other things I admire selflessness, work ethic and integrity.
My guiding philosophy: My e-mail signature closes with a quote from Sophocles: “Better to fail with honor than succeed by fraud.” I am guided by a strong desire to live honorably.
How I think students can achieve their potential: There is no substitute for hard work. Students today often believe that school should be easy and if it’s not they give up quickly. The message we must convey is that most often success comes as a result of consistent hard work. Students will achieve their potential if they do not give up.
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