Lisa Duque

Fifth Grade Teacher

BA, San Francisco State University; MA, Columbia University

Lisa began working in elementary classrooms over 15 years ago as part of her undergraduate and California teaching credential work at San Francisco State University, and throughout these years, she is continuously struck by the fulfillment that learning and growing with a group of students and a school community can bring. Lisa began her teaching career in SFUSD in the third grade classroom. Following her time in San Francisco, Lisa taught in Raleigh, North Carolina, for three years before moving to New York City. There, she pursued a Masters in Teaching and Curriculum in Elementary Education from Teachers College at Columbia University, while also teaching fifth grade in the South Bronx, continuing to redefine her place in the classroom as a collaborator and a shared builder of understanding with students. Her work in schools and the communities they serve has fed a passion for social justice by way of a compassionate, self-aware, and empowered learning community. Upon her return to San Francisco, she continued to teach in upper elementary spaces, while she also focused on leading conversations about equity, diversity, and inclusion in her school sites as a National SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) Leader. Lisa is a second generation SF native and is keenly aware of what a special place this city is.