Lyssa is an educator, facilitator, and curriculum creator. Her journey into the work of social justice stems from growing up as a multi-racial and multicultural person in predominantly white spaces. With over 13 years of experience in the classroom with young children, Lyssa loves co-conspiring to empower and inspire learners from all ages and backgrounds to lift their voice and use it for the good of all. She believes that the journey to learning and unlearning begins with the self. Her work in educational leadership has focused on creating curriculum and content for workshops with faculty and staff, board members, and parents and caregivers.
She was the co-director of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee for 2019-2020 at Westside Neighborhood School and served as member of the board advisory committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the 2019-2021 school years. She now teaches fourth grade at Oakwood School in North Hollywood, the land of the Chumash, Fernandeño Tataviam, Kizh, and Tongva people. Lyssa’s passions are gender justice, inclusive language practices, Indigenous rights, and transracial solidarity, specifically within the AAPI and Black communities. She loves to garden, collect rocks and house plants, and go for walks in nature.