Lisa Borders » Welcome


Welcome to our new and improved website! My name is Lisa Borders and I feel very blessed to be the Instructional Technology Coach for both Oak Grove Elementary and Valley View Elementary in Bradley County. In this position, it is my responsibility to help integrate the use of technology and programs into the classroom. The mission statement for the department is as follows:
Mission Statement: Instructional Technology Department’s purpose is to give ALL Bradley County Schools students the best opportunity to succeed in the 21st Century classroom and beyond through the use of technology.
My Education:
  • 1979 Cleveland High School 
  • 1981 Cleveland State Community College, A.S. Business Administration 
  • 1989 University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, B.S. Elementary Education Certified in Grades 1 - 8 (Highly Qualified Teacher)
  • 2001 Lincoln Memorial University, M.Ed Administration and Supervision 
My Education Experience:
  • 1989 - 1990         Oak Grove Elementary Grade 5 
  • 1990 - 2002        Valley View Elementary Grade 4 
  • 2002 - 2007       Oak Grove Elementary Grade 5 
  • 2007 - Present  Instructional Technology Coach 
My Bio:
I have spent most of my life in Bradley County. I was born in Saltville, VA. My family was transferred here with Olin Chemicals in Charleston, TN. Since I was 9 months old at the time, I consider myself a Tennesseean. I am a product of the Cleveland City School system, but having taught in Bradley County Schools for what will be 31 years this year, I feel as if I am a product of the Bradley County School system as well. I have 3 brothers and 2 sisters. One of the brothers is a retired educator from Cleveland High School and another brother is Assistant Principal/Teacher at Walker Valley High School. I also have a niece who teaches 2nd grade at North Lee and a sister-in-law who teaches Math at Walker Valley High School. Our family gatherings invoke interesting conversations!
I started my career as a Business student hoping to eventually become an accountant. After I finished my 2-year degree, I decided to join the work force. After 4 years of working, I decided the time was right to finish my degree and I have never looked back. While I believe my experience in the job force helped me to grow as an adult, I also know that the classroom/schools is where I was meant to be. I started my teaching career as a 5th grade teacher at Oak Grove in a substitute/interim position. I then moved to Valley View as a 4th grade teacher for 12 years. My next placement took me back to Oak Grove as a 5th grade teacher for 5 years until I accepted the Instructional Tech Coach position where I remain today. This is our 13th year as a tech coach team. Interestingly enough, I was able to be placed at Oak Grove and Valley View as my technology schools. I felt right at home at both. 
The changes that have taken place from my 1st year of teaching to now is astronomical. Digital information is instantaneous. Students enroll in school as digital "natives". It is crucial for me to stay abreast of any changes that occur in both hardware and software. I love seeing children's eyes light up when they are challenged. To say the least, this job keeps me on my toes! Both with students and teachers.