Director and Co-Founder
Alisa Andrews has worked to implement Social and Emotional Learning practices in the classroom and within larger school communities. As a third grade teacher, Alisa integrated social curriculum with academic learning and later served as Director of Social and Emotional Learning and Service Learning at Phillips Brooks School in Menlo Park, California. She developed and taught curriculum and programs at the classroom and school-wide level, and promoted these practices with parents. Alisa’s commitment to service learning and education grew stronger through her engagement with the beginning stages of the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Subsequently, Alisa served as an instructor in the Roots of Empathy program at Beauvoir, the National Cathedral School, in Washington DC. As a part of this program, she taught emotional literacy which included helping first grade students develop an intimate connection with an infant as a way to facilitate personal exploration and understanding of others.
Since its inception, Alisa has worked with the Institute for Social Emotional Learning and more recently through Stanford University’s Challenge Success, consulting with schools and organizations across the country working to build healthy school climate and to increase student engagement and well-being.As a co-founder of IFSEL, Alisa draws on her experience at the classroom and school district level and leads sessions on fundamental SEL skills, cooperative play, and the interconnection of self-to-others.
Alisa graduated from Middlebury College and holds a Masters in Education from Stanford University, with a focus in Policy, Organization and Leadership Studies. Alisa is inspired by her colleagues, teachers and students and is grateful for her four young children who are her greatest teachers in this work.