Degrees and Certifications:
Elisa Fisher, M.Ed.
Executive Director of Special Services
Elisa Fisher leads the Special Services department and oversees a team of 80 staff members who work to provide support to the 1,400 students identified with special needs in Crowley ISD. In addition, there are 136 special education teachers and 148 paraprofessionals serving at the campus level to meet the needs of the students. Fisher’s responsibilities include monitoring and controlling the department’s budget, as well as ensuring that CISD is compliant with federal and state regulations as they pertain to students receiving special education.
“Education has always been my passion,” Fisher said. “A multidisciplinary team approach is vital for the educational success of students with special needs. Assuring that all children with disabilities have access to an individualized education in order to reach their goals, despite the barriers and challenges they may face, is at the core of our department’s mission.”
A veteran educator, Fisher has served in education for 28 years, starting her career as a teacher and Director of Education in psychiatric hospitals for children and adolescents with behavioral and emotional challenges. She then taught in Grapevine-Colleyville ISD in the Learning Adjustments Program for students with learning and emotional/behavioral challenges then moving to Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD as an educational diagnostician at the elementary, middle and high school levels and as a special education coordinator. Fisher came to Crowley ISD as a special education coordinator in 2013 and accepted the position of Director of Special Services the following year. She stepped up to serve as the Executive Director of Special Services for the 2016-17 school year.
Fisher received her undergraduate degree in Education from Midwestern State University, where she received an athletic scholarship and played four years on the women’s basketball team. She proceeded to complete a master’s degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Emotionally Disturbed and Autism and completed her diagnostician’s certification at Texas Woman’s University. She then attended the University of North Texas to receive a master’s degree in Educational Administration with a principal’s certification. She is also a certified autism specialist.
In her spare time, Fisher enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, especially her niece and nephews. She enjoys being outdoors and challenging herself. She has competed in nine marathons, including the New York City Marathon and the Boston Marathon, as well as five Half Ironman Triathlons and numerous Century bike rides and Half Marathons.