Elissa Williams, M.ed.
Elissa is a retired high school teacher, having served the families in the Lenape Regional High School District (in Burlington County, New Jersey) for more than 37 years. In addition to teaching business courses at the school, she also taught staff in the district graduate classes on how to become an effective teacher. During her tenure in the district, she co-produced the school musical and was a member of the building resource committee.
Elissa received her undergraduate degree in teaching from Trenton State College and then continued with her Master’s degree in education from the same college. Although Elissa held a principal’s certificate, she found her passion was the classroom and dedicated her career to working alongside children in hopes of teaching them more than just the curriculum. Elissa discovered that while some students learned by her teaching business, she really connected with them on a personal level when she changed her focus from teaching business to teaching children. Because of her passion in the classroom, Elissa was the first educator to be recognized by Monmouth State University as an Outstanding Teacher.
Elissa considers herself an animal lover, and she and Rusty have fostered more than 30 dogs for a local animal rescue organization. In addition to her love for animals, Elissa is passionate about staying fit and painting; she is a watercolor artist and can be found any time of the day with a sketch pad or paint brush in her hand.