Lisa Sayles-Adams began her role as superintendent of Eastern Carver County Schools on July 1, 2020. A student-centered leader, Lisa is committed to ensuring educational equity and excellence for every learner. With more than 24 years of experience spanning a multitude of roles, her passion for education and data-driven decision-making has resulted in school performance turnarounds, new strategic planning practices, innovative approaches to teaching, expanding programming, and more. She understands that work to support student success doesn’t end at the classroom door, and her leadership has made a difference in schools, communities, and cultures in both urban and suburban districts.
A proud graduate of the St. Paul Public School system, Lisa served most recently as Assistant Superintendent of North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale Public Schools, a position she also held with St. Paul Public Schools. She has also been a principal at all levels and middle school teacher. She has been a frequent guest panelist offering her expertise and insight on academic inequities, building effective leadership teams and strategies, and a practitioner’s perspective on education. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Minnesota State University Mankato.