Ms. Arroyo has 14 years of teaching experience. She has been a Special Education Teacher for the past 7 years with DoDEA schools, serving at Kinnick High School, in Yokosuka, Japan; Yokosuka Middle School; Lakenheath Elementary School, Lakenheath, U.K.; and at Lakenheath Middle School. Prior to joining DoDEA, Ms. Arroyo taught at Larrymore Elementary School in Norfolk, Va.; Rancho San Joaquin Middle School in Irvine, Calif.; James Hurst Elementary School in Portsmouth, Va.; Bayview Christian School in Norfolk, Va.; and Portsmouth RE-ED in Portsmouth, Va. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Mary Baldwin College and her Master of Science Degree in Education from Old Dominion University. She also holds a credential in Reading Instruction from the University of San Diego and a credential in Severe and Multiple Disabilities from the University of Phoenix.

Ms. Arroyo believes diversity makes American schools unique and beautiful and that stakeholders with diverse backgrounds and skills can provide a well-rounded vision that benefits all students. Colleagues praise Ms. Arroyo for her advocacy for students with disabilities. "Lisa always tries to find ways to educate others about children with special needs. Her informational lunches are quick and to the point and I learn something each time."

2009 winner, Lisa Marie Arroyo
Lisa Marie A. Arroyo Special Education Teacher
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