Lisa Cutler – Principal of Summit Academy Independence
Lisa Cutler’s love for learning and passion for helping both students and staff discover unrecognized potential meet in her role as principal where she strives to bring the worlds of students, teachers, and parents together to create a formidable educational team.
Lisa believes the foundation for this team is building strong relationships and truly seeking to understand one another. She encourages all to see each other’s strengths and give room for one another to work through their weaknesses. She believes this kind of educational community is the soil in which the seed of learning will be most fully nourished. She wants hope to be an inextinguishable flame that lights everyone who walks through the doors of Summit Academy Independence and is relentlessly dedicated to making this happen.
Lisa holds a Utah educator license in both elementary and secondary education. Her experience educating students for over 30 years in which time she filled roles as a teacher, instructional coach, reading specialist, curriculum coordinator, grant writer, and administrator. In addition to her educator licenses, Lisa is endorsed as a reading specialist and has a degree in public administration from BYU’s Marriott School of Business. In her own educational pursuits, Lisa has ranked top of her class graduating as valedictorian in high school and honored in graduate school with an academic award of excellence. She knows the importance of education and places utmost value in it.
Lisa cares about serving the community and watching out for others. She has organized and led projects in the community including the Festival of Trees and for the Happy Factory, a volunteer organization who creates and ships wooden toys to children in poverty throughout the world. Lisa has also been involved in scouting and received a district award of merit. She has participated with her staff in community projects such as working in the Independence community garden and in many Christmas events benefiting multiple families since the inception of her campus with their Brighten the World Giving Tree project.
Lisa loves spending time with family and adventuring in the outdoors. She has four children and six grandchildren, all currently under three years of age.
Lisa loves working with every age of student and says they are the life of the school. Her vision for the future is to push the boundaries of education into the next stage where students lead more of their own development and growth in their educational experience.