Lisa Shotts


Lisa is an elementary school teacher during the day and Director of Gaining Ground the rest of the time. She has a passion for literacy and finding ways to bridge the inequities in education for students living in under resourced areas. Gaining Ground has been a life-long dream and with the help of the “dream team” of Gaining Ground’s Board has made this dream a reality.


Kirby Mackenzie

Assistant Director

Kirby is an elementary school librarian. She has 9 years of teaching experience and a passion for summer reading, teaching with an emphasis on social justice, and getting kids access to great books! Working with Gaining Ground has been an amazing way to marry all of these passions and she is so excited to see the amazing transformations that continue to come from this organization. 


Emily Cho


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