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Local English Teacher Brings Literature to Life

Great Valley alum Lisa D'Annunzio is an English teacher who will soon take the stage at Footlighter's Theater in Berwyn.


Lisa D'Annunzio is a local teacher, with a passion for English and theatre, who started her career in . 

She is active in community theatre and an advocate of the Delaware Valley SPCA

Preparing for Excellence

D'Annunzio graduated from Great Valley High School in Malvern, where she currently resides. She earned an undergraduate degree in English and a Masters in Secondary Education from Villanova University

T is for Teacher

For her student teaching, D'Annunzio taught 12th grade English and Theatre at  She just began her seventh year of teaching at Marple Newtown High School in Newtown Square where she teaches 9th and 10th grade literature, poetry, and public speaking. In addition, she directs the school's annual One Acts Performing Arts Festival.

April is National Poetry Month

D'Annunzio has her students write original poetry and present them to the class each April to celebrate National Poetry Month. She transforms the classroom to reflect the ambiance of a New York coffee shop during the Beat Generation.

Other English classes are invited to take part in a poetry slam, performing their original poetry and voting for their favorites.  

"It is wonderful to see the students so excited to share their work and being a supportive energetic audience," said D'Annunzio. "The students really get into it!"

Annual Wags 'n Whiskers Luncheon

D'Annunzio adopted her best friend Rocky, a yorkshire terrier mix, from the Delaware Valley SPCA in Media. Rocky took to the catwalk in 2007 at the Annual Wags 'n Whiskers Luncheon in search of a good home and he found one. 

"Adopting from the SPCA was a wonderful experience and I urge anyone considering getting a pet to check there first," said D'Annunzio. "There are so many wonderful furry friends looking for forever homes."

The Importance of Being Earnest

This September, you can see D'Annunzio perform live in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest at Footlighter's Theater in Berwyn. She plays the part of Cecily Cardew, one of the lead characters.

"Being an English teacher and life-long actor, I am thrilled to act in one of the most witty plays ever written," said D'Annunzio. "Wilde pokes fun at high society in the 1800s in the most ingenuous way!"

The play opened September 7 and runs through September 22. General admission is $12. 

If you could do anything else...

"I have always loved watching both the Food and Travel Channels," said D'Annunzio. "I would love to be a TV personality traveling all over the world, learning about other cultures, their traditions, music, and cuisines." 

connie yake September 10, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Great article, Lisa! Kudos to you!
John Wesley Harding September 10, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Is this going to be part of some new feature or something? Otherwise this basically reads as a PR piece for Ms. D'Annunzio, which is fine. Just don't bill it as being news.
Pete Kennedy (Editor) September 10, 2012 at 06:05 PM
This article was originally published on Springfield Patch as part of a profile series. We picked it up in Malvern because she's a GV grad and Malvern resident.
Paula K September 11, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Great idea John! We would enjoy reading about successful GVHS grads! We remember Lisa as GVHS Drum Major--nice to learn she has pursued her passions and is inspiring the next generation. Pete, I am certain you would receive plenty of profile suggestions if you asked.
Lisa D. September 11, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Hi, Paula! Thanks for your kind comment. Being Drum Major was a wonderful experience! Did you have a family member in the band?
Paula K September 13, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Yes, Lisa. i was a band mom.....Freshmen piccolo! It was a great intro to High School....and overall good experience. Firmly believe that if a student has a "passion" for music or sports,etc. it results in a core group of friends. Those friends are vital to get thru the struggles and peer pressure of high school!

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