My name is Lisa Gerard. I graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education. I have twelve years of teaching experience in Special Education. I also taught preschool for seven years at Madison United Methodist Church. I have taught in Illinois, Ohio and Mississippi. Something I am proud of is that I have taught students at every grade level from preschool through 12th grade and adult classes as well. I have lived in Madison for 18 years. My husband Alan is a meteorologist and we have two children, ages 20 and 16. Both of my children attended their very first day of kindergarten at MAE. Seeing the new kindergarten students every year brings back those fond memories. My hobbies include reading, travel and the internet. I love my job and believe that I learn as much from my students as they learn from me.