Elisa is committed to developing school leaders at all levels in an organization, so that they can significantly impact student learning, influence mindsets, and positively shape school culture.


From the age of 8 when she asked for a chalkboard for her birthday, Elisa knew she wanted to be a teacher.  That calling manifested into a career spanning more than two decades of teaching, leading and consulting.  

Elisa's work as a consultant has taken her all over the country, in person and virtually.  When Elisa worked as National Director of Teacher Leadership for the T3 initiative at Teach Plus, she designed and led training and support for networks of teacher team leaders and coaches to turn around underperforming schools in five cities.  Prior to that, she proudly served in the Boston Public Schools as Assistant Principal of Instruction, Literacy coach, and middle and high school Drama/ELA teacher.  She has also worked as adjunct faculty at Boston College mentoring new teachers and co-teaching action-research.

Elisa is the author of the best-selling Corwin book, The Skillful Team Leader: Overcoming Hurdles to Professional Learning for Student Achievement. It has sold over 10,000 copies to date.  (Click here for a complete list of and links to Elisa's publications and interviews.)

Elisa lives in Arlington, MA with her husband and nine-year-old twins. She volunteers at her children's school as a STEAM committee member, founder and teacher of a free drama club and serves as co-chair of the school-site council team.  When she is not working with schools, Elisa enjoys acting, writing, and experimenting in the kitchen pretending she is on the Food Network.