Lisa Crooks

Olathe, KS | Years Taught: 1981 – Present

Lisa’s educational career began as a teacher of students who were hearing impaired at the Kansas State School for the Deaf where she taught a variety of grade levels. She is the author of Munchable Math where she combines the students’ love of food with appetizing activities to enhance mathematics, and edible experiments in science which create positive, hands-on learning experiences for her students. Her students are involved in community outreach efforts (including the development of Paws for the Cause and Good Bears of the World “Cub Den.”) These outreach efforts have ignited both a passion for learning within each student, as well as instilled a compassion for others. Crooks believes that by touching the lives of her students and fellow colleagues, she is able to transform the aptitudes of the children of today and the teachers of tomorrow.

Additional Recognition

  • 2002 • Author, Connecting Math & Literature, Published by Creative Teaching Press
  • 2001 • Kansas Teacher of the Year Semi-finalist
  • 2001 • Christa McAuliffe Fellow
  • 2000 • Author, Munchable Math, Published by Creative Teaching Press
  • 1999 • National Board Certification
  • 1997 • Author, Color Me Learning, Published by Pieces of Learning
  • 1994 • Contributing Author, The Best of Good Apples, Published by Good Apple
  • 1994 • Who’s Who in American Educators
  • 1994 • Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • 1993 • Kansas Medical Society Award for Excellence in Teaching