LISA A. W. KENSLER
LEARNER - COACH - TEACHER
As the Emily R. and Gerald S. Leischuck Endowed Professor for Educational Leadership in the College of Education at Auburn University, my teaching, research, and outreach focus on the leadership and learning required for transforming schools into vibrant and sustainable places where the love of learning thrives.
Lisa A. W. Kensler is the Emily R. and Gerald S. Leischuck Endowed Professor of Educational Leadership, in the College of Education at Auburn University. Her original training in ecology continues to fuel her love of systems thinking and the challenges located at the intersection of human and nature’s systems, particularly as they appear in PK-12 schooling. She has engaged in learning and teaching about systems thinking and sustainability for nearly thirty years. Lisa’s research over the past decade has focused on green schools and the leadership and learning required for transforming schools into more socially just, ecologically healthy, and economically viable communities that engage intentionally with the global sustainability movement. She has published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters related to democratic community, systems thinking, trust, teacher leadership, and whole school sustainability. In 2017, she and Cynthia Uline co-authored, Leadership for Green Schools: Sustainability for Our Children, Our Communities, and Our Planet. Their second book, A Practical Guide to Leading Green Schools: Partnering with Nature to Create Vibrant, Flourishing, Sustainable Schools, will be published in May 2021.
In 2018, the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) recognized Lisa as one of its “Hidden Figures - behind the scenes giants in the field whose work cannot be ignored.”
Always a learner
Ed.D. in Educational Leadership
Dissertation: The Ecology of Democratic Learning Communities
Elizabeth V. Stout Dissertation Award
OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY
Secondary Science Certification, Biology/Life Science
PRIME Intern Teacher with Norfolk City Public Schools
OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY
M.S. in Biology, with a concentration in Ecosystems Studies
Virginia Bagley Scholarship
Teaching experience from preschool to graduate school
August 2008 - Present
August 2004 - May 2008
August 1996 - May 2004
Principia Upper School, Biology - St. Louis, MO
Bates Midde School, Science - Annapolis, MD
Lake Taylor High School, Biology - Norfolk, VA
LEADERSHIP - COACHING - FACILITATION
Strengths-based approaches to organizational learning, change and development
For more than two decades Lisa has actively engaged in systems learning. She teaches systems thinking for leadership and classroom application.
GALLUP-CERTIFIED STRENGTHS COACHING
Certified in 2016, Lisa offers individual and team-based coaching from a strengths-based perspective. Coaching honors individual and collective capacities for self-directed change and improvement.
Integrating issues of ecology, society, economy, and individual well-being provide innovative solutions for old challenges. Lisa facilitates organizational transformation toward whole school sustainability using strengths-based approaches and systems thinking.
"Today we are faced with a challenge that calls for a shift in our thinking, so that humanity stops threatening its life-support system. We are called to assist the Earth to heal her wounds and in the process heal our own - indeed to embrace the whole of creation in all its diversity, beauty and wonder. Recognizing that sustainable development, democracy and peace are indivisible is an idea whose time has come."