Lisa Rossi

Lisa Rossi came to Jefferson in 2005 after teaching 4th grade in East Oakland. She had the fortunate opportunity to student teach at Jefferson under principal Maggie Riddle, and decided then that she wanted to work with the superb students, parents and teachers at this school.

Lisa received her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from CSU, Chico, and later her teaching credential and Master’s Degree in Education at San Francisco State University. She was awarded San Francisco State University’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Academic Excellence and the College of Education’s Distinguished Student Award for her master’s thesis – a qualitative research study about the Open Court Reading curriculum. Prior to changing her career, she was a company spokesperson for Wells Fargo & Co., and PR Manager for Macy’s Department Stores.

Lisa’s classroom is always fun and engaging. Her classroom is a community where students work together to help gain perspectives and think critically about concepts and the curriculum, all while laughing, singing and sharing with each other. In 2007, Lisa was awarded Outstanding Teacher of the Year by Prudential Realty’s Education Foundation of Northern California.

In her spare time, Lisa enjoys reading, skiing, backpacking in the Sierras, and exploring new places, whether it be Fruitvale District or Argentina. She and her husband Josh, a city planner in San Francisco, spent a summer camel trekking in the Moroccan Sahara, navigating the medinas and souks of Marrakech, enjoying fantastic food in Spain, and frolicking on the beaches of Northern Tunisia.


Contact Information

Email: Lisa_Rossi AT

Prefer to be contacted by: email

Lisa Rossi checks her Berkeley email twice a day.


Helping Lisa Rossi’s Classroom

The children and I invite you to come to school to volunteer your time and talents. We will value you as a volunteer, and appreciate your dedication to the children as a supportive aide, role model, and mentor.

Our class always needs and appreciates the following support:

  • Field Trip Chaperones
  • Arts and Crafts Project Assistance
  • Science Assistance
  • Literacy and Math Center Assistance
  • One-on-one or small group reading
  • Assisting with cooking projects
  • Guest Speakers and Story Tellers
  • Activity Preparations

What Parents Can Do At Home

Parental involvement in your child’s education can mean:

  • Reading to your child—Study after study has shown that reading achievement is more dependent on learning activities in the home than is math or science. Reading aloud to children is the most important activity that parents can do to increase their child’s chance of reading success. Talking to children about books and stories read to them also supports reading achievement.
  • Checking homework every night
  • Discussing your children’s progress with teachers
  • Limiting TV viewing on school nights
  • Helping your school to set challenging academic standards
  • Voting in school board elections
  • Becoming an advocate for better education in your community and state.