Lisa M. Finley
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 completed a wonderful year at OLM Prep 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.