Mrs. Lisa DeMali

5th Grade

Lisa DeMali - 5th Grade

Hello, my name is Lisa DeMali and I this is my third year at Evergreen Academy, and I cannot wait to get started! The biggest change is that I am now teaching 5th grade. I have taught 5th grade before and just love the curriculum for that grade, so I asked if I could move up. I am very excited to be in the same grade as the students I taught when I first came here!

My educational background: I studied for my BS in Psychology at Loyola University and then studied at National Louis for a Master’s in Teaching and a second Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction.

My family: I am married to my high school sweetheart and share a stepson who turned 13 this summer. We all share a home with a fish tank with African cichlids, and my 17-year old cat Cooper and our newest addition, Zoe. Zoe is a rescued 12-year old Bichon and is adorable. We are enjoying being dog parents again and didn’t have to potty train! We love our family time and hold family dinners sacred where we can catch up and share our lives together.

My philosophy: I use a combination of Love and Logic and Growth Mindset in the classroom. Fifth grade is the capstone on elementary school, and I am eager to work with students as they get ready for middle school. It is my job to create opportunities for each child to grow as they are ready.

Curriculum: Some things I am really looking forward to this year are the Human Body, Social Studies survey of the US from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War, Poetry Month and exploring creation myths from different cultures. Of course, I hatch something in the spring and am hoping to get duck eggs this year.

Availability: I am available after school should you need anything, and the best way to reach me is to text me. I will return texts as soon as I am able and am even reachable in the evenings. You can also email me as it will show up on my phone right away. I am a phone, text, or email away. You will be hearing regularly from me about your child’s accomplishments and breakthroughs. I love to share good news!

I look forward to seeing you and your child soon.