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Hamilton County, OH November 6, 2007 Election
Smart Voter Full Biography for Lisa Bauer

Candidate for
Board Member; Norwood City School District

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Biographical Sketch/Resume

Lisabeth S. Bauer

Personal Information

  • Resident of Norwood since June 1984
  • Married with three children (Aaron, 20, Keith, 17, and Greg, 13).
  • Mother of children currently attending the Middle School and the High School.
  • All three children have had their entire K-12 education in the Norwood City Schools.
  • PTA member for 14 years, served as co-treasurer for Sharpsburg Elementary School for one year.
  • As a journalist, covered the City of Norwood, including Norwood City Schools, for the Norwood Enterprise and the Norwood Times for several years. Also covered Madeira School Board and Mariemont School Board.
  • Cubscout Leader, Pack 12, Norwood, OH
  • Currently active in Norwood Association for Gifted Education (Just finished a term as president of that organization) and Norwood Band Boosters

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Wilmington College, Early Childhood Education; Director, Education, Wilmington College Blue Ash.


Years School Degree Area 1980-1985 Miami University B.A. B.S. English/German German Education 1996-2000 Xavier University M. Ed. Elementary Education 1998-2003 University of Cincinnati Ed. D. Literacy/TESL

Professional and Applied Experiences

Dates Position Description August 2003-Present Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Education, Wilmington College, Cincinnati Eastgate Branch Campus

Administer early childhood program for branch campus, teach courses and supervise field and student teaching experiences in a program that prepares junior and senior students entering Wilmington with their two-year associate degrees in early childhood education to become K-3 early childhood teachers in the public school system.

September, 2002 + August, 2003 Evaluation Associate/Editor, Evaluation Services Center, College of Education, University of Cincinnati Membership on the K-12/Community Research Team, which entailed contributing to project work through specific tasks determined by the team, assuming leadership responsibilities for one or more projects as assigned by team leader; membership on the Deliverables Support Team as an editor, which entailed supporting project team members from all center research teams in the preparation of reports and other deliverables. Created a style manual for the Evaluation Services Center to guide evaluation associates in the production of deliverables. In conjunction with University Publications, created a public relations package for the Evaluations Services Center, which included editing, writing, and maintenance of a newsletter, a brochure, and a website. The packages were published and distributed by April, 2003.

1999-2003 Director, Grace Center for English Language and Literacy, Norwood, OH

Administered and taught in a free, drop-in English language center that serves recent immigrants and long-term visitors to the Cincinnati area who do not speak English.

1998-2003 ESL Family Advocate, Evenstart Program, Norwood City Schools

Advocated for ESL students and their families in the Norwood City School System. Focus was on students in grades K-3.
2000-2002 Grant Coordinator, Title VII Professional Development Grant, College of Education, Division of Teacher Education, Teaching English as a Second Language Department, University of Cincinnati Worked closely with an evaluation coordinator and the grant PI to conduct research for the goal of the Consortium's continued assessment and improvement; acted as a liaison between the University of Cincinnati, Hamilton County Educational Services, and the surrounding counties and school districts and relevant agencies; organized created and conducted inservice workshops for mainstream and ESL personnel; organized district and county meetings and assisted in networking among ESL students, parents and personnel; designed and maintained a webpage for the Consortium; produced and distributed a quarterly newsletter for area ESL personnel; maintained an ESL Resource Center for area personnel.

Summer 2001 Adjunct Instructor, University of Cincinnati Set up and implemented a practicum on a service learning model, which enabled teacher candidates for TESOL endorsement to apply what they had learned in university classrooms to the actual teaching of language minority students in a free, summer family literacy program offered for the region. The program, held at Norwood High School, was recognized by the mayor for services rendered in a city park.

1996-2000 ESL Teacher, Norwood City Schools, Norwood, OH Designed, implemented and maintained ESL Program for Norwood City Schools

1988-1995 Mother of preschool children, working at part time positions * Freelance journalist covering among other things, the Madeira and the Mariemont School Boards

  • Weekday Religious Education teacher
  • GED instructor
  • Elementary educational aide, Norwood City Schools
  • Bookseller, specializing in children's books and mystery novels
  • Summer school kindergarten teacher, Norwood City Schools
  • Group leader, parent and preschool children's groups, Cincinnati YWCA
  • Instructor at Sylvan Learning Center 1985-1987 Classroom Teacher, Cincinnati Public Schools Taught language arts at Porter Junior High School as long-term substitute, and English, reading and journalism at Hughes High School. Memberships: National Council of Teachers of English, CPS Curriculum Committee for AP English, Hughes Sarety, Attendance and Discipline Committee, Teacher coordinator for the Highes-AT&T Mentoring Program, 1987; Advisor of the German Club, which resulted in the introduction of a German class the following year. In-services: Teaching AP English, Urban Initiatives, Project Impact (Was responsible for bringing this in-service opportunity to the district), Writing Workshop, Evaluator for the 1986 Minimum Competency Writing Test

1985-1987 Instructor, Inlingua School of Languages, Cincinnati, OH Taught businessmen and their families English in both a school setting and in private homes.

Projects Served

Ohio NCATE evaluator, April 2007

President, Norwood Association for Gifted Children Children, Spring 2005 to Spring 2007

Vice President, Norwood Association for Gifted Children, Spring 2003-05

Member, Ohio State ESL Alternate Assessment Advisory Committee, Spring 2002 + 2003.

Writer, Jennings Foundation Grant, Sharpsburg Elementary School, Norwood City Schools, 1996.

Writer, 21st Century Grant, Norwood City Schools, 2000.


Presented workshops and research at local, regional, national, and international conferences on various topics related to teaching English as Second Language and students from diverse backgrounds. A list of presentations is available on request.

Scheduled to present papers at both the Ohio regional International Reading Association Conference in October 2007 and the International Reading Association Conference in April 2008


Bauer, L., Castaņeda-Emenaker, I., Phillips, M., & Williams, J. E. (2003). Developing the soil for diversity: Opening the US K-12 school districts to every student. Electronic Magazine of Multicultural Education [online], 5 (1), 19 paragraphs <Available:

Bauer, L., Preparing Teachers for Culture Shock: The Risky Business Of Addressing Diversity in 21st Century Classrooms. ARF Yearbook 2003

Book Review, TESL EJ, June, 2002

Book Review, TESL EJ, March, 2002

Professional Committees Served

Ohio State TESOL Advisory Board, 2001 to 2003.

Curriculum Development Committee for EFL Strand, University of Cincinnati, 2000.

Evenstart Advisory Board, Norwood City Schools, 1998-2000.

Twenty-First Century Advisory Board, Norwood City Schools, 2000.

Report Card Revision Committee, Norwood City Schools, 1999.

Greater Cincinnati ESL Consortium Advisory Board, 1999-2000.

Achievements and Awards

SOCHE Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, 2006

Cincinnati Branch Outstanding Faculty, 2004-05

Helped found and direct an ESL family literacy center with colleagues at UC.

Won a grant from UC to travel to the Czech Republic as part of a team to establish relationships between Czech K-12 schools and universities and the UC TESL Program.

Honored by Ohio State Department of Education for participation in UC TESOL Grant Program and the Greater Cincinnati ESL Consortium.

Selected as one of ten area teachers to participate in a University of Cincinnati Grant Program for ESL endorsement.

Founded local chapter of international mystery writer's group, Sisters in Crime, and served as president for three years.

Helped establish Norwood Community School for GED preparation, served as its volunteer superintendent for the first few months of its operation, and later as an instructor in the school.

Published articles, poetry and works of fiction and photos in several area publications, including Tristate Magazine.

State of Ohio Certifications

English, German (7-12) English as Second Language (K-12) German (K-12) Elementary Education (1-8) Early Childhood Education (K-3)

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