Calisa has been a class teacher at RSSAA since 2002. Her first class, which she taught from second through eighth grade, completed their eighth-grade year in 2010; her second class, which she taught from first through eighth grade, completed their eighth-grade year in 2018. Prior to becoming a Waldorf teacher, Calisa worked on an Organizational Learning and Lean Manufacturing internal consulting team for Ford Motor Company. Lessons learned in the automotive industry inspired her to seek out an education that nurtured systems thinking, creativity, and a love of learning. In 1999 during her Montessori teacher training, Calisa rediscovered Waldorf education; after completing her Montessori training, she completed her Waldorf teacher training through the Waldorf Institute of Southeast Michigan. Calisa also received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan and completed her studies through the Engineering Global Leadership Honors program. In her free time, she enjoys backpacking, traveling the world, and watching her children play basketball.