Lisa M. Finley ART & OLM Prep Path

Lisa is certified as a Art Integration Specialist and has received her Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts. She has experience in teaching for more than 20 years in preschool, elementary and middle school. Lisa is also a Certified Master Gardner received from University of Rhode Island and she will create and oversee OLM Prep’s Community Garden at our school campus on Island Avenue.

Lisa has been with OLM Prep for several years and brought creativity in many areas to our school. She has been a summer teaching artist with the Town of Griswold, Youth Services Summer Camp. As a teaching artist to K-8th grade students during the months of June-August she has been developing and implementing engaging fine 

arts projects using recycled and natural materials. Prior to that she was a long-term art teacher for the Griswold Public Schools as the Middle School Art Teacher for grades 5-8 following a twelve year period of teaching art with LEARN Interdistrict Grant Programs for students in K-12. As a teaching artist and classroom teacher, Lisa says, “I’ve discovered the importance of providing students with a safe, engaging, positive, and enjoyable atmosphere, which in turn allows the student unhindered access to creativity and risk-taking.” Lisa organizes her classroom and coordinates curriculum to embrace this creativity for every student.

Lisa believes that one of the greatest joys in teaching fine art is observing the transformation of a reluctant student into a willing risk-taker, growing in confidence and embracing new possibilities! Lisa states, “It’s been my experience that the creative process and finished piece reflect the students personality, character, and emotions.”

Lisa is excited and feels privileged to be a part of the OLM Preparatory Academy and looks forward to meeting and getting to know the students and their families.

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Our Lady of Mercy Preparatory Academy

20 Island Avenue

Madison, Connecticut 06443


Our Lady of Mercy Preparatory Academy (OLM Prep) is an independent, Catholic-based, co-ed

school for grades Pre-K through 8 located on the shoreline in Madison, CT. Our school welcomes all faiths.


We serve the towns of Branford, Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Durham, East Lyme, Essex, Guilford, Haddam, Killingworth, Madison, North Branford, Old Saybrook, Westbrook and other surrounding Connecticut communities. 

Our Lady of Mercy Preparatory School does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

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