Phone: 972-429-3000 Ext. 7611


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts in English; minor in Spanish from Hendrix College (Conway, AR) in 1986 Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) from University of Memphis in 1987 TX Certifications in Spanish LOTE, ELAR, and ESL

Ms. Lisa Crosthwait

Current Assignment:

Spanish 2 and Spanish 2 PAP



Spanish 1, 2, 3, and Advanced Placement Spanish Language & Comp. Teacher:  1996-2015 (Memphis City Schools/Shelby County Schools, TN)

AP ELAR 10 Teacher: 2018 (Wylie ISD)

English 11, Advanced Placement English Language & Comp., Etymology/Mythology Teacher: 1990-2015 (Memphis City Schools/Shelby County Schools, TN)

English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher: 2015-2018 (Shelby County Schools, TN; Wylie ISD; Literacy Achieves Adult classes) 


Personal Information:

I absolutely love to travel, speak Spanish, and learn about cultures around the world.  During my junior year of college I took classes in Shakespeare, Greek Mythology, and English history at the University of London (Birkbeck College). On the weekends we traveled to Madrid, Spain; Paris, France; Edinburgh, Scotland; and other English cities like Stratford-upon-Avon and Cambridge. I have also visited Rome, Italy; Lucerne, Switzerland; and Munich, Germany. There are many cities and countries I still plan to visit; my "bucket list" is extensive!

Besides travel, I also enjoy spending time with family and friends, exercise (in high school I ran the 100-yard hurdles), reading, and taking care of my pets. My adult daughter Caroline lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and my husband and I have two rescue dogs and two cats. 

I was born in Dallas, where I attended elementary, middle, and one year of high school.  We then moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, where I graduated from Hall High School and Hendrix College in Conway four years later.  I received my Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) from the University of Memphis and taught English for one year in Olive Branch, Mississippi, in 1987-88.  I decided to take a turn in the corporate world and worked in human resources for about eighteen months at a company called Guardsmark. In 1990 I returned to teaching in Memphis City/Shelby County Schools, retiring from teaching in Tennessee in 2017.