Soft spoken, Lisa Jaques, one of Los Alisos’s most dynamic and effective teachers, has been teaching here since she began her career 13 years ago. Lisa attributes her success to the training she has received in AVID trainings, which she has attended for the last six years. Her students would say her success is due to her sensitive and caring nature. Some typical responses from them, when prompted to describe her: “Mrs. Jaques is understanding when we have talks with her, (she’s the best).” “She likes to help people and is always happy.” “She is the nicest teacher EVER! She also helps us when we get confused. She gives us many chances to improve our grades.”
Mrs. Jaques’s Positive Behavior Incentives are the common-sense, old-fashioned kind. “I will give more time for an assignment if I think the kids are working hard and making good use of their time. I give positive feedback or comments. I’ll show appreciation to somebody that normally doesn’t behave well when they are having a good day, I make sure to thank them for behaving and doing well. When kids' grades are improving, I make sure to let them know that I’m aware of that. I also tend to communicate with other teachers about how kids are behaving and whether it’s positive or negative.”
Lisa’s adjunct duties have also become her trademark as she is in charge of 8th grade activities. The Heritage Club, the trip to the east coast for 8th graders, requires extensive preparation and planning to get the students ready, raise the funds, and plan the itinerary. During the trip, she shepherds a troupe of 8th graders on a non-stop, week-long, whirlwind tour of New York, Washington DC, and Philadelphia, to enrich their understanding of our nation’s history and culture. Additionally, she co-sponsors the ASB.
After school, Lisa enjoys spending family time at the ball parks, watching and supporting her children in softball and baseball.
Thank you Mrs. Jaques for your dedication and service to our school and students. You make Los Alisos a great place to be!