Lisa Gianukos, Program Director - Houston

As the Program Director for CELF, Lisa is responsible for implementing professional development programs on the Education for Sustainability for schools across the Greater Houston Area. Prior to joining CELF, she spent seventeen years in the classroom teaching higher education and secondary students. Lisa began teaching in the Middle East as an adult-language instructor for the Kuwait petrochemical industry. Subsequently, she taught at the American University of Kuwait's Center for Continuing Education to multinational working-professionals. Upon moving to Houston, Lisa taught English at the University of Houston-Downtown, Lone Star Community College, and within the Houston Independent School District. As a secondary teacher, she collaborated in blended classrooms and administered a linked-learning collaborative which incorporated Environmental Science, Engineering, History, and English. Lisa has written and applied curriculum for Project-Based Lessons (PBL) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in urban school populations.

Lisa is passionate about connecting her students with the community around them. Through their learning journeys, her students have partnered with state and national organizations such as Air Alliance Houston, Texas Wildlife Association, Sierra Club-Houston, Houston City Council, Citizens’ Environmental Coalition, Houston Public Media, and the University of Houston. 

Lisa's educational background includes a Master of Liberal Studies from Rice University's Glasscock School, a Master of Arts in Education – with a focus on Educational Leadership –  from the University of St. Thomas, and she holds a Texas Administration/Principal certificate.   

Amanda Brown — Educator and Professional Development Facilitator - Houston

As the Houston-area Educator & Professional Development Facilitator, Amanda is responsible for collaborating with the education staff on design, implementation, and delivery of professional development programs. In addition, she cultivates new and existing partnerships and works collaboratively with community partners in program delivery, mentoring and community outreach.

Building upon the intrinsic need to better the world, Amanda found joy for teaching and education. Prior to joining CELF, she spent seven years as a middle school science teacher in both Pearland ISD and Houston ISD. As a secondary teacher, she crafted TEKS-aligned multi-sensory, hands-on inquiry-based activities and used personalized and/or blended learning strategies to engage discovery. In addition to teaching, Amanda has over eight years of experience as an Environmental Educator. She worked as a project planner for an award-winning regional citizen science program, conducted science education outreach programming for both the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Park Service (NPS), and served as Education Director at the Bayou Preservation Association. As an Education Director, she often merged informal and formal science learning opportunities and also developed a grant-award place-based watershed program for elementary students. Partnering with state and local environmental organizations, such as Houston Arboretum, Texas Parks & Wildlife, and Houston Audubon’s Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary, the program engaged students in bayou-related learning opportunities and stewardship.

Most recently, Amanda served as Galveston Bay Estuary Program’s Public Participation & Education (PPE) subcommittee chair. In this position, she facilitated working groups to find creative ways to collectively engage teachers and communities to preserve Galveston Bay through stakeholder and partner education opportunities, outreach initiatives and campaigns that activated change to improve perception and understanding.

Amanda’s educational background includes a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science - with a concentration in Biology - from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and a Masters of Education in Curriculum & Instruction from Texas A&M University-Commerce.