Dr. Elizabeth Hallmark, Commissioner

Dr. Elizabeth Hallmark

Dr. Elizabeth Hallmark, Commissioner

Email: Elizabeth.Hallmark@rcsdk12.org
Board Liaison to: Schools 8, 12, 15, 35, 53, 58, School of the Arts, North S.T.A.R. Program 

Term Expires: December 2019

 

Dr. Elizabeth Hallmark joined the Board of Education in January 2016.  She chairs the Governance Committee and serves on the Excellence in Student Achievement Committee and the Community and Intergovernmental Relations Committee. 

Liz is an educator and researcher. She earned her PhD in Education at the University of Rochester, her Masters in Dance Movement Therapy at Antioch New England, and her Bachelors in English from Mount Holyoke College.  She has taught research methods, curriculum design, social foundations of education, writing, and adult learning to graduate students at area institutions including Nazareth, Roberts Wesleyan and the University of Rochester. She brings an educator's eye to the board and is passionate about improving instruction and learning in the district.

Before graduate school, she was a teaching artist for over 20 years, working with children in more than a dozen area schools, designing professional development for K-12 teachers through the Aesthetic Education Institute, Empire State Partnerships, Young Audiences, and Wolf Trap Early Learning through the Arts. From 2000-05, she directed Hallmark Danceworks and was the Rochester coordinator of interdisciplinary workshops for adult artists through The Field, an arts service organization. Hallmark has received numerous grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, The Field, and the Rochester Area Community Foundation for her work in performing arts and arts-in-education.

Liz and her husband are the proud parents of two RCSD graduates. As a committed advocate for schools, she has been a parent rep on two School Based Planning Teams in the district, helped relaunch a PTA, and made sure Spanish translations of parent letters were produced in her children's first school. She was on the Steering Committee of the National Save Our Schools organization and has regularly blogged on educational issues for the Democrat & Chronicle's Board of Contributors. She serves on the Board of the Hochstein School of Music and Dance, and is a past Secretary of the Arts and Cultural Council of the Greater Rochester Area.