Lisa DiIorio joins African Leadership Academy's English Department having spent the past twelve years teaching English in various secondary schools in the United States. Prior to arriving at ALA, Lisa was teaching at Kimball Union Academy, an independent boarding school in New Hampshire, where she was a member of the English department, a dormitory head, an advisor, and the head coach of the Girls' Varsity Lacrosse team. Lisa also chaired the Writing Across the Curriculum Committee, which oversaw the promotion and assessment of student writing across academic disciplines.
Lisa earned her undergraduate degree from Bates College in Maine, where she majored in English, and her graduate degree from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, where she completed her Master's thesis on representations of interracial friendships in literature on which former Spelman College President Johnnetta Cole served as one of her thesis advisors. As a teacher, Lisa combines her passion for working with adolescents with her love of literature and writing and her strong belief in the power of storytelling. At ALA, Lisa (or Ms. D as her students call her), is excited to work with students to help them to tell their stories and hone their voices as writers.
Lisa is joined at ALA with her husband Chris, Director of University Guidance. Between the two, they have over thirty-five years in education. The couple has two young daughters, Shea and Zoe. When she is not spending time with her family, Lisa, a devoted athlete, sets off to train for triathlons or enjoy various outdoor activities.