Welcome! My name is Liz Lee and I'm a candidate for Needham School Committee. I am a dedicated educator, parent, and community volunteer, and each of these roles offers a different perspective on our educational system. Taken together, they provide me with deep and broad experience in the very issues the Needham schools are facing now and will face in the future. 

I’m a long-time professional educator – a classroom teacher of young children in various spots around the country, a teacher of teachers and supervisor of teaching interns at Lesley University and I consult, write, and present about the family, school relationship as it pertains to equity.

 

I’m a parent to three kids – all of whom have gone or are going through the Needham Public Schools. Each has had different needs and different experiences which our family has navigated – one day at a time.

 

I’m an innovative community volunteer – I developed and implemented Let’s Build to bring elementary STEM education into schools. I have served on Needham education boards for more than a decade. I currently create equity events for children and adults. And, I devour any education policy information I can – especially pertaining to the complicated relationship among local, state, and federal policy priorities (and unfunded and underfunded mandates!) 

 

Do I like anything beyond education? Yes! I garden (read: kill plants). I love to read. I’m a fan of true crime podcasts – best listened to with a cup of coffee and some chocolate. And I love to dance – but once broke my finger while dancing (yes, true). Thankfully, the responsibilities of a School Committee member do not include dancing.

 

I’m always happy to meet with and hear from Needham community members around educational ideas. Feel free to join an open house, or contact me to set up a time to talk.

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My Priorities

Navigating COVID

The most immediate priority facing our schools is COVID and marrying science with the logistics needed to move into the next phase of schooling.

Community and Communication 

My doctoral work focused on an ongoing question — what are the barriers to communication among families, schools, and communities and how might we address them? I bring a research-based lens to the idea that communication among all stakeholders supports deeper understanding of community needs and results in equitable solutions.

Equity in Education

Equity is the central issue of our time. I believe in placing equity at the center. Period. This is especially true for education. My professional role, my research, and my experience in teaching has demonstrated that working towards an equitable society is not only the ethical path forward, it will also result in a better world for everyone.

21st Century Learning

Education is at a pivot point. Should we continue in a system designed for the late 1800s? Or should we look to the possibilities of our future and realign teaching and learning to meet those goals? I support Needham's Portrait of Needham Graduate as an important step towards pivoting into the 21st Century.

 

My Experience

I bring deep experience in education generally and within Needham specifically.

Professional Experience:

  • Educational Consultant focused on families, schools, communities, and equity with expertise in untangling the knots at the intersection

  • Adjunct Faculty at Lesley University, teaching soon-to-be teachers

  • Supervise student teachers in grades K and 1 in Lesley University Education program

  • 10 years as a classroom teacher in grades PreK, K and 1

  • One year on the Massachusetts Association for the Education of Young Children (MAAEYC) Policy Steering Committee

 

Community Experience:

UPCOMING EVENTS

April 1, 7:00pm

SEPAC Candidate Forum

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 617 696 9653 • Passcode: 383531

April 10, 2:00pm

Driveway "Get Out the Vote" Party

34 Blacksmith Drive

There will be music and fun, but no food.

Please wear a mask!

VIDEOS

Interview with The Needham Channel

Chinese Friends of Needham Forum

Welcome! My name is Liz Lee and I'm a candidate for Needham School Committee. I am a dedicated educator, parent, and community volunteer, and each of these roles offers a different perspective on our educational system. Taken together, they provide me with deep and broad experience in the very issues the Needham schools are facing now and will face in the future. 

I’m a long-time professional educator – a classroom teacher of young children in various spots around the country, a teacher of teachers and supervisor of teaching interns at Lesley University and I consult, write, and present about the family, school relationship as it pertains to equity.

 

I’m a parent to three kids – all of whom have gone or are going through the Needham Public Schools. Each has had different needs and different experiences which our family has navigated – one day at a time.

 

I’m an innovative community volunteer – I developed and implemented Let’s Build to bring elementary STEM education into schools. I have served on Needham education boards for more than a decade. I currently create equity events for children and adults. And, I devour any education policy information I can – especially pertaining to the complicated relationship among local, state, and federal policy priorities (and unfunded and underfunded mandates!) 

 

Do I like anything beyond education? Yes! I garden (read: kill plants). I love to read. I’m a fan of true crime podcasts – best listened to with a cup of coffee and some chocolate. And I love to dance – but once broke my finger while dancing (yes, true). Thankfully, the responsibilities of a School Committee member do not include dancing.

 

I’m always happy to meet with and hear from Needham community members around educational ideas. Feel free to join an open house, or contact me to set up a time to talk.

LizLee_4_FINAL-crop.jpg

My Priorities

Navigating COVID

The most immediate priority facing our schools is COVID and marrying science with the logistics needed to move into the next phase of schooling.

Community and Communication 

My doctoral work focused on an ongoing question — what are the barriers to communication among families, schools, and communities and how might we address them? I bring a research-based lens to the idea that communication among all stakeholders supports deeper understanding of community needs and results in equitable solutions.

Equity in Education

Equity is the central issue of our time. I believe in placing equity at the center. Period. This is especially true for education. My professional role, my research, and my experience in teaching has demonstrated that working towards an equitable society is not only the ethical path forward, it will also result in a better world for everyone.

21st Century Learning

Education is at a pivot point. Should we continue in a system designed for the late 1800s? Or should we look to the possibilities of our future and realign teaching and learning to meet those goals? I support Needham's Portrait of Needham Graduate as an important step towards pivoting into the 21st Century.

 

My Experience

I bring deep experience in education generally and within Needham specifically.

Professional Experience:

  • Educational Consultant focused on families, schools, communities, and equity with expertise in untangling the knots at the intersection

  • Adjunct Faculty at Lesley University, teaching soon-to-be teachers

  • Supervise student teachers in grades K and 1 in Lesley University Education program

  • 10 years as a classroom teacher in grades PreK, K and 1

  • One year on the Massachusetts Association for the Education of Young Children (MAAEYC) Policy Steering Committee

 

Community Experience:

UPCOMING EVENTS

April 10, 2:00pm

Driveway "Get Out the Vote" Party

34 Blacksmith Drive

There will be music and fun, but no food.

Please wear a mask!

VIDEOS

Interview with The Needham Channel

League of Women Voters Forum

Chinese Friends of Needham Forum