Maxine Smith Steam LeadershipTeam Principal

Lischa T. Brooks is an award-winning educator and published author with more than sixteen years of experience in the Memphis area. As a graduate of Dartmouth College, Mrs. Brooks was a Mellon Fellow and received praise for creative writing. She began her teaching career at Central High School where she taught Latin 1-4 and AP Latin. While at Central, she led annual delegations to Europe for her students and started Central’s first National Latin Honor Society.

As a classroom teacher, Lischa spent a few summers grading Advanced Placement (AP) Latin Exams for the College Board. Mrs. Brooks was also one of the pilot teachers in the VRoma Project, which was a grant awarded to Rhodes College to create a virtual community for teaching classical languages. After leaving Central, Mrs. Brooks served as the Technology Coordinator at Ridgeway Middle School. She also taught Computer Technology while at Ridgeway Middle.

Mrs. Brooks left Ridgeway Middle to become the Assistant Principal of Ridgeway High School where she led the development of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) application for Ridgeway High.

Prior to the merger,  Mrs. Brooks was a Regional Coordinator in the Northeast Region and worked to support the schools in that region for five years. Most recently, Lischa served as the GEAR UP Coordinator (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) for four schools.

The GEAR UP grant is a $1.72 million grant from the Tennessee Department of Education which Mrs. Brooks was instrumental in securing. Additionally,  she worked with the West TN Stem Hub professors at the University of Memphis as the SCS Principal Investigator to secure  a $1.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation Grant to promote middle school readiness for STEM courses and STEM programming at East HS. Mrs. Brooks was also instrumental in organizing the first STEM Virtual School in the state.

Mrs. Brooks is excited about the opportunity to serve as the principal of the Maxine Smith STEAM Academy and looks forward to opening the school in the Fall 2014.