Lisa grew up in Prince William County’s Coles District and attended Coles Elementary, Parkside Middle, and graduated from Osbourn Park High School. She and her husband have 3 daughters who have attended PWC schools as well. The Zargarpur family has always supported public schools in whatever way possible: volunteering in the classroom, fundraising, joining the PTO, and participating in school events. Lisa was a stay-at-home mother and when her when the youngest was approaching school age, Lisa knew she wanted to finish her teacher certification and become a public school teacher.
Lisa completed a Master’s Degree in Education at the University of Mary Washington taking coursework in special education and gifted education to make sure she was prepared for a career as a public school teacher. She also took specialized classes in music education that would ensure that her students would be able to create, collaborate, and communicate well to prepare them for 21st century learning.
Lisa has taught for the past 8 years as a general music specialist in Fairfax County Public Schools to include preK-6th grade, all the ages and stages, Enhanced Autism, gifted children, typical learners, all the kids who love music and those who don’t... She works hard to build an inclusive and culturally responsive community in her classroom and school. She serves as Equity Lead is her building and mentors new teachers in the county. She has acquired certifications in First Steps, Conversational Solfege, and Orff Schulwerk and has presented workshops in FCPS, for the Middle-Atlantic and Baltimore Chapters of the American Orff Schulwerk Association, and at the American Orff Schulwerk Association national conference.
As a member of the Fairfax Education Association, she has been active in advocating for better working conditions (both locally and at the state level) so that we retain our teachers by addressing work load, how to facilitate training and support for staff that we might need in our schools, equity in scheduling, and quality of our curriculum. Lisa has advocated alongside PWCS educators and staff by standing in unity at school board meetings, speaking with local elected officials, and reaching our to state senators and delegates who can help PWC with funding issues from the state.
In Prince William County, Lisa has been active at Dar Al Noor and programs with Unity in Our Community and VOICE. She has been part of a team that offers cultural proficiency training through PWCS to teachers and administrators. Lisa joined the board of BEACON for Adult Literacy which offers adult English language learners in our community the opportunity to take English and citizenship classes. She is also a member of the Dale City Civic Association.
Lisa views this school board seat as a way to help Coles students and families be able to get the best educational experience possible. She wants to make sure students are safe at school and knows how we can create strong community bonds between the school community and the fire, police, and non-profits. She also sees the potential of programs like The Positivity Project (a K-12 initiative) and the necessity of training teachers and staff on cultural proficiency as we live in one of the most diverse school districts in the country. Lisa wants to make sure that all students leave PWCS with more than academic skills: Our students need to be resilient life-long learners. Together, we can do this for our students.
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