Our Executive director

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lisa ham

Executive Director

Ms. Ham has 38 years of educational experience, both in the classroom and as an administrator. For the past seven years, she has served as Highland Park ISD's Director of Educational Technology. She began her career as a teacher at Keller ISD, and has also worked in  Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD and served on the board for Learning Forward Texas for the past 4 years.


As someone who has participated in and led professional learning, Ms. Ham understands how important it is to provide quality experiences using a variety of methods that are based on research and that follow the Learning Forward Standards. "Teaching today is different than it was 20 years ago, and professional learning should reflect the changes." Ham said. "Professional learning no longer happens 1 or 2 days a year in isolation.  It needs to be on-going and be based on the needs of the teachers to support student growth."


"Lisa's ability to integrate new and exciting technology tools into the classroom will be a great asset for our students and staff," Gardiner said. "Whether she's introducing a new educational iPad app for kindergartners, or helping a class of seniors collaboratively work on a blog with students from another continent, Lisa's insight into the world of technology and education will ensure that HPISD continues to innovate in the classroom."


Lisa resides in North Richland Hills with her husband Danny, a retired biology teacher. Their son Marty is a high school Biology teacher, daughter-in-law Katie is a kindergarten teacher, and younger son  Jacob is a senior IT major at the University of Arkansas.