• Lisa Deffendall

    Lisa Deffendall,
    District Spokeswoman

    Deffendall, the daughter of two retired public school principals, grew up in Hawaii believing that education is the key to changing the world. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University, she taught science and math in New Orleans and rural Louisiana for four years as a Teach for America corps member and then went back to school to earn her certification in secondary mathematics.

    After inadvertently insulting a local editor about the newspaper’s education coverage, Deffendall was hired to cover public schools in 1996. She spent the next nine years covering K-12 education for newspapers in Houma, Louisiana; Tuscaloosa, Alabama; and here in Lexington, and garnered multiple awards for her hard-hitting investigative coverage. In 2004, she joined FCPS with a directive to bring transparency to school district communications. Since then, the district has received state and national accolades for its communication efforts.