Lisa Dembouski


Assistant Professor in Education

I am... a teacher, learner, mentor, friend, sister, teacher educator, advocate, ally, feminist, volunteer, daughter, INFJ, Enneagram 5, introvert, and a really bad dancer. I regularly trip over flat surfaces which may or may not be correlated to my mad dancing skillz.

I do ... teacher education and preparation, mentoring, advocacy for exceptionalities (particularly my own), writing (critical pedagogy and socially just education), and pedagogical excellence. I am thrilled to have joined the Education Department at Gustavus where I supervise student teachers, read and coach for teacher candidates' edTPAs, and teach various courses including EDU 350, EDU 389, and EDU 268. I am leading a J-term course related to education in island cultures which I plan to initiate in January, 2018. My profile photo is from a reconnaissance trip to St. Maarten, Dutch West Indies for that course; it's a fantastic island and the course, "Island Schooling: Supporting Pupil Learning in St. Maarten, Dutch West Indies" will be fantastic! Consider joining us in January, 2018!

I love... the usual (reading, traveling, the outdoors, a great beach, cooking, gardening, taking pictures), the unusual (particularly in the arts), and beauty (which I find pretty much any place I look). Ask me what I'm reading or tell me where to find great Thai food and I'll enjoy our conversation a good long time.


Ph.D. in Education, Curriculum, & Instruction/Culture and Teaching from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities; M.Ed. in Special Education/Deaf-Hard of Hearing Education from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities; B.A. in Psychology from the College of St. Benedict/St. John's University

Courses Taught


EDU-268 (Orientation to Teaching)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
EDU-350Reading in the Content Areas52016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, and 2014/FA
EDU-389Inclusive Classrooms52016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, and 2014/FA
EDU-268Orientation to Teaching22016/JN and 2015/JN