Degrees and Certifications:
B.S. Liberal Arts, Central Michigan University Major: Spanish Minors: Psychology, English Certification: Spanish, Psychology
Ms. Lisa Aukee
AP Psychology Teacher
¡Hola! My name is Lisa Aukee. I am from Upper Michigan (I'm a proud Yooper!) and I attended Central Michigan University. I have been teaching for 29 years, 26 of those years here at CDO. Before that, I taught for 3 years in Marquette, Michigan. I have taught Spanish Levels 1-4, Pre-AP Spanish, and Advanced Conversation. This year I will be teaching Spanish II and IB Spanish Ab Initio Juniors and Seniors. In addition, I also teach AP Psychology, which is fascinating to me! In my spare time, my hobbies are astronomy, cooking, reading, painting, hiking with my pugs, traveling, and watching football. I am a die-hard Minnesota Vikings fan! I travel to Northern Michigan and Wisconsin every summer to visit my family.
Defining Moment in Education:
I always loved learning new things and I always knew I would someday be a teacher. My grandmother was a beloved English teacher and traveled to Europe every summer with students and she inspired me to see the world and learn about other cultures. When I was in college, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Morelia, Mexico after two semesters of Spanish. It was there that I fell in love with Mexico--its language, culture, history, and its people. I had many other inspirational teachers along the way who saw my teaching potential before I did. They were encouraging and supportive in helping me to be where I am today--doing what I love and was born to do.
Core Educational Belief:
I believe in my students and their abilities. I believe all students can learn, but it is up to me to inspire, encourage, and support them in that process. I hope that my passion for my subjects is contagious because I want my students to love Spanish and Psychology as much as I do.
My first teaching job was at Marquette Senior High School in Marquette, Michigan. I taught Spanish there for 3 years and was also the Freshmen Girls' Basketball Coach and Varsity Assistant Track Coach.
Freshmen Girls' Basketball Coach, CDO 1997-99
Tutor, Pima County Library
Traveled to Spain and Mexico with student groups
2014 AP Summer Institute for AP Psychology, San Diego, CA
2016 AP Summer Institute for AP Psychology, Tucson, AZ
Psychology Teacher, Amphi Academy Online
2022 IB Ab Initio Language Training, Rice University
Crystal Apple Award 2015
Member: APA and TOPSS (American Psychological Association and Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools)
Member: ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages)
Member: AATSP (American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese)