"The addition of Elizabeth to our team is particularly exciting given the crossroads NLP is at as an organization," said Peter Adams, NLP's senior vice president for educational programs. "She will play a vital role in ensuring that every learning experience that NLP offers — from the new open content on our website to our new program content — meets the needs of students and teachers in today's classrooms."
Elizabeth was a consultant to NLP’s Chicago program from August to December 2013. Previously, she taught English for 14 years and has extensive experience in curriculum development and the Common Core State Standards.
Elizabeth will focus on expanding NLP's digital unit beyond Chicago Public Schools and working with grantees of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation’s “Why News Matters” initiative. Her part-time position is funded by the foundation.
"I'm absolutely thrilled to be part of the team and am ready to hit the ground running," she said. "It's wonderful to work for an organization that I fully believe in and can pour my heart into."
She is the fourth NLP staff member in Chicago, joining Adams; Tim Mata, NLP’s national digital coordinator; and Mary Owen, the Chicago program manager. She is NLP's ninth staffer nationally.
Elizabeth started her career in education in Columbia, Mo., where she spent 10 years as an 8th-grade English teacher. In 2009, she moved to Thea Bowman Leadership Academy in Gary, Ind., and created the 12th-grade English curriculum at the relatively new charter high school.
In 2011, she moved to the Bishop Noll Institute in Hammond, Ind. where she taught English and became chairwoman of the Common Core Committee that led the adoption of the standards at the school. In 2012, she was appointed dean of academic affairs and admissions coordinator at Bishop Noll.