Lisa Tafel, Ed.D.
Executive Director / Vice President, Board of Trustees
Lisa Tafel began her classical ballet training at the age of 6 in Lincoln, Rhode Island. In the late 1970’s, Lisa continued her training at the Dance Academy (home of the Festival Ballet of Rhode Island) in North Providence, RI under the direction of the late Christine Hennessey and Winthrop Corey. She continued her training at the Dance Academy, and in the early 1980s she became a company member of the Festival Ballet of Rhode Island.
In the early 1990s, Lisa traveled abroad with the cruise lines as shore excursion manager and fitness director, managing on board fitness and activity programs for guests as well as managing shore excursions on land. During Lisa’s employment with the cruise lines, she was a part of the Rest & Recreation team for Operation Desert Storm, providing fitness and activity programs for troops who were serving in the Gulf War.
In 1998, Lisa began her elementary school teaching career in health, physical education, recreation, and dance for the Miami-Dade County Public School system. In addition to working with children in the public school system, she directed various after-school activity programs for children in the private sector. During this time, she received her Master of Science degree in 1999 from Florida International University in Miami, FL.
Lisa relocated to Fort Myers in 1999 and completed her Doctor of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction in 2003. In 1999, she became employed by the Lee County Public School system. During her employment with Lee County Public Schools, Lisa taught physical education at Edison Park Creative and Expressive Arts Elementary School and later became the Director of Dance, teaching movement education and all forms of dance to elementary aged children. Lisa held this position at Edison Park until 2012.
In 2006, Lisa began teaching the Pre-ballet program at Gulfshore Ballet, and became the Director of the Children’s Division in 2007. Lisa continues her volunteer position as Executive Director at Gulfshore Ballet, working with the dedicated Board of Directors in continuing the school’s mission to enhance the cultural awareness and appreciation of the art of classical ballet within the Southwest Florida community.
Lisa currently serves on the Board of Directors for Gulfshore Ballet and the Edison Park Foundation. In addition, she is a member of Charlotte R. Rafferty Scholarship committee, a committee awarding college scholarships to Edison Park alumni.