Lisa Fels

Business Director

Lisa has been a Montessori school administrator for over a decade and holds a global MBA with distinction from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a BBA in International Business and Spanish. She completed her American Montessori Society (AMS) Administrative credential through the Institute for Montessori Innovation at Westminster College. She has a passion for Montessori and a proven ability to develop successful and sustainable organizations.

Prior to joining the Elizabeth Academy administrative team, Lisa was the Co-Director of Montessori Community School, where she was instrumental in the growth and development of the school’s elementary and middle school programs, with a focus on sustainability and authentic Montessori best practices. Lisa is a strategic thinker who is highly skilled in transforming vision into concrete and effective reality. She has 10 years of strategy consulting experience, having worked with the World Bank, the governments of Brazil, Mexico, Chile and Spain, and companies such as Sony, HP, Microsoft, and IBM. She has solid expertise in developing organizational capacity, creating highly collaborative environments and nurturing healthy school communities.

Lisa is originally from Wisconsin and has lived in and traveled to many places in Latin America, Europe, and Asia. She is fluent in Spanish and conversational in Portuguese. She is on the Board of Directors of Elk River Foundation and volunteers with Elk River, helping to guide adolescents in juvenile justice system programs through Native American talking circles and sweat lodges. She loves hiking, camping, reading, yoga, traveling, and spending time with her family. Lisa has two sons.

Lisa is thrilled to support Elizabeth Academy’s vision of providing an authentic Montessori education while embracing inclusion!

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