My name is Lisa Keller, and I am part of the fourth grade team at the Punxsy Area Elementary School. I was a graduate of PAHS, and I attended Indiana University of PA where I received my degree in Elementary Education. I continued my graduate work with IUP and earned my Master's Degree in Elementary Education. I began my teaching career in Punxsutawney at Parkview Elementary, where I taught third grade for 10 years. I then transferred to Longview, where I taught third grade for 8 years. This is my sixth year teaching 4th grade. This year, I will be teaching Math, Science and Social Studies on the Fourth grade team. I am so excited to have the opportunity to work with a great group of teachers, students, and parents.
I have two daughters, Liz and Laura. Liz is a Spanish Teacher at Union High School. Laura is studying Political Science at the University of Pitt. I think it seems like yesterday when they were students here! At home, I have a very mischievous cat, Oliver. I enjoy reading, listening to music, and spending time with my family and friends. After school, you will find me working as the Office Manager at Van Dyke and Company, our local dance company. Over the past eleven summers, I have traveled with my family and friends to Guatemala, where I volunteer in a village school for Mayan Indian children. It is amazing to be in a culture so very different from ours, and we just love working with the teachers and children there. Plus, there are LOTS of volcanoes there! Very cool!
I just love teaching. The transition between third to fourth grade presents such a time of growth and change. It is always amazing to me how children in this age group can still have the "innocence" of childhood, but also the ability to begin reaching new levels of their thinking. It is wonderful to see my students begin to organize themselves, to have the opportunity to grow in their learning, and to become a part of our community here at PAES. I know that together, we will help one another to get off to a great start, and to have a wonderful year together. My personal goal is to always work hard with the teachers, staff, and parents to create a caring community in which our students can learn and flourish.
Here are some photos of Guatemala for you to enjoy!