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Lissa Pijanowski

Dr. Lissa Pijanowski is a Professional Development Associate with The Leadership and Learning Center and is passionate about supporting teachers and leaders in creating compelling learning environments that reflect high expectations, promote student engagement, and produce results. Lissa’s work with The Center integrates her years of school improvement experience and curriculum leadership in standards based education.


Lissa has served as a public school educator for over 21 years and most recently served as the Associate Superintendent of Academics and Accountability for Forsyth County Schools. Her team was responsible for curriculum, instruction, assessment, academic support programs, professional learning, and workforce development. The district is leveraging Rigorous Curriculum Design and Data Teams as essential components for implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

Prior to working in Forsyth County Schools, Lissa served as the Director of School Improvement at the Georgia Department of Education. At the GaDOE, Lissa led regional school improvement teams to reduce the number of Needs Improvement Schools in Georgia through intense training on data analysis, performance standards, and focused improvement planning.

Through a commitment to her own professional development, as well as her extensive professional learning work with adults, Lissa has developed a passion for delivering engaging, practical, professional development experiences that result in immediate application to student learning. Lissa has presented at numerous national and state educational conferences and is a published author. She holds a Doctorate of Education with a concentration in Organizational Leadership and Change, a Masters in Educational Leadership, and a Bachelor of Science in Education.

Although her work keeps her busy, Lissa’s family is her priority. She is married and has three children all attending Forsyth County Schools. She enjoys supporting her kids with their sports and musical interests while making time to garden and spend time outdoors with her husband.