Lisa Sayles-Adams, Ed.D. has led the Eastern Carver County Schools district as superintendent since July 1, 2020. During her tenure, she has successfully guided the district through a global pandemic, led a successful referendum campaign, and launched a new strategic plan. She did so by thoughtfully engaging the community, listening and building trust, and always keeping the district’s work focused on its central mission: providing a well-rounded and excellent education for every student.
Lisa is committed to ensuring educational equity and excellence for every learner. With more than 27 years of experience spanning a multitude of roles from classroom teacher to superintendent, 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.
Lisa 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 received her Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Minnesota State University Mankato in 2022.