• Lisa K. Gailey, the librarian at Tom Lea Elementary in the El Paso Independent School District, has spent her professional career in public service, first as a 20-year officer with the El Paso Police Department and now as an educator of more than 12 years. It was her father’s last words that motivate Gailey to instill a lifelong passion for learning. “Lisa, you will be the best teacher ever.” She has spent her education career trying to fulfill her father’s prediction.

    After a satisfying career in law enforcement – which included honors such the Life Saving Award for a successful suicide resolution – Gailey shifted gears toward education. She began her teaching career as a fifth-grade reading teacher at Mesita Elementary, serving the wide spectrum of students along the Texas-Mexico border for 10 years. Her new focus is to instill a love of reading and learning as a campus librarian.

    Gailey approaches education as a right for all and draws inspiration from her three rescue dogs to give second chances to any student who wishes to learn. “Every child is capable of learning and growing with the right motivation.”

    A summa cum laude graduate from Park University, Gailey has a bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice Administration. She also has a master’s of Education from the University of Texas at El Paso and a master’s in Library Science from the University of North Texas. Gailey has a certificate in Storytelling and Youth Services in the Library Setting from UNT