RAWK Spotlight: Lisa Newberry and Amy Hiss

For the month of January, we are shining the RAWK Spotlight on

Lisa Newberry and Amy Hiss

The RAWK Spotlight is a monthly series that celebrates folx who embody and serve the mission of empowering youth voices. Folx in the RAWK Spotlight can be anyone from staff, to volunteers, to Board Members, to community partners. They are chosen by the RAWK staff team by merit of their passion, dedication, and enthusiasm for serving local youth and their community!

Keep reading to hear what Mrs. Newberry and Ms. Hiss have to say about being in the RAWK Spotlight, and hear from our community members and RAWK staff team about their work with RAWK and the students of Northeastern!

“My time with RAWK has helped reignite the passion of reading and interacting with books among my third graders. My students are excited and engaged with their lessons. I couldn’t be happier to work alongside RAWK. Together, we introduce new and exciting ways for my class to enjoy reading.”
–Lisa Newberry


“I am extremely appreciative for this RAWK Spotlight nomination. RAWK has had such a positive impact on my first and second grade students this year. Teaching a split class has many challenges, and the RAWK staff at Northeastern have worked beside me to help ensure that every student is reaching their potential. I am thankful for the RAWK team and the support they give both the staff and students at Northeastern!”
–Amy Hiss

Hear what our community members have to say about Mrs. Newberry and Ms. Hiss:

I like Mrs. Newberry because she cares for us. She also gives free hugs and she is always being herself.”

Sydney (student)

“Mrs. Newberry is great because she always cares for us and loves us. Her teaching is amazing.”

April (student)

“Mrs. Newberry is a down to earth teacher. Being in her classroom you can see she cares for the students and the students love her. Mrs. Newberry is always participating in the RAWK activities supporting her students.” 

Amy Hall (Program Coordinator: Northeastern)

“Ms. Newberry has invited RAWK into her room since school started. When we say affirmations, practice calming exercises and talk about books she has fun with the activities too! She is always ready to share her teacher microphone with her students to hear their words!”

Caitlin DeLano (Program Facilitator: Northeastern)

“I like Mrs. Hiss because she gives us brain breaks. She’s very nice and the best teacher.”

Isabel (student)

“Ms. Hiss thoughtfully creates small groups to practice reading and writing skills in the RAWK room. She is calm under pressure and empowers her students to share their reflections on learning.”

Caitlin DeLano (Program Facilitator: Northeastern)

“Mrs. Hiss helps us learn and it’s fun.”

Happiness (student)

“Mrs. Hiss cares for the students in her room. When I see her out in the hallway with the students, the students are always smiling. She was one of the teachers who signed up for the Readers’ Room. We love working with her amazing students.”

Amy Hall (Program Coordinator: Northeastern)

Mrs. Hiss and Mrs. Newberry are 2 amazing teachers at Northeastern! I’m not surprised they’re being identified as RAWKstars. I appreciate their willingness to collaborate with RAWK to provide new and exciting learning opportunities for their students!”

Mrs. Washington (Principal: Northeastern)