Dean of Instruction
ITW David Speer Academy
About – Lisette Hernandez
Lisette Hernandez has been in education and with Noble for eight years. She served as an English teacher at ITW David Speer Academy for five years before transitioning into administration. Currently, Lisette is in her third year as a Dean of Instruction for English and Multilingual Learners (ML) at Speer. Within this role, Lisette coaches eleven staff members to support the learning and development of writing, reading, and grammar acquisition in their classrooms. Lisette’s leadership is centered around providing access and opportunities to the communities that are being served by creating a space of collaboration and clarity for staff to thrive. She is excited to strengthen these traits and gain new perspectives within the Noble Principal Fellowship.
Additionally, Lisette co-leads the PRIDE committee for the past three years, which creates opportunities within learning communities for staff to grow in their understanding and commitment to antiracism. Within the Noble Network, Lisette has been a part of the Diverse Leaders Fellowship, DEI Steering Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, Noble Alumni Association (as founding member and president), and Noble Board of Directors (as first alumni representative).
Lisette received her Bachelor of English and Secondary Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Master of Education in Curriculum Studies, with an endorsement in Teacher Leadership, at DePaul University. Lisette is a Chicago native, a Golden Apple scholar, a mother, sister, wife, and a proud bilingual Puerto Rican woman. She is a fierce advocate for equity, access, and women’s rights.