Faculty/Staff Profile: Lisa Ensign Wood P'15, '18, '20

Posted by Kristina Harrold

As a parent and on the Parents' Association Steering Committee, Lisa's involvement on campus extends far beyond her work in the Admissions Office. Read about Proctor Admissions HERE and learn about Lisa's role and experiences below!

What is it like being a part of the Proctor community?

I love being involved on a number of different levels; as a parent to Ian ‘15, Connor ‘18 and Mackenzie ‘20, as part of the Parents’ Association (PAPA) Steering Committee, in the Admissions Office and being a dorm surrogate for West End. I get to know families and students in so many different capacities and form relationships that develop into wonderful friendships.

How did you come to Proctor?

My family has been a part of Proctor for a long time. I grew up in the area and my two younger brothers, Peter '99 and Eric '91, attended Proctor. My dad, Steve Ensign, was a Trustee and a founding member of PAPA. After college, I worked as an editor at a publishing company in San Francisco, returning home to raise my children and be closer to family. I became even more involved when my children enrolled and I started officially working here, but I’ve always felt connected to Proctor.


What is your favorite part of working in Admissions?

I love helping prospective families through the Admissions process. I enjoy answering questions, making connections, and hopefully welcoming them into the Proctor family in the Fall.

What is one thing you wish prospective families would take away from their visit?

That there are endless opportunities at Proctor. As long as you are open to seeing the possibilities and willing to go outside of your comfort zone, there is no limit to what you can do with your education. My kids are doing things I would have never imagined they would want to try. There’s a culture of pushing the boundary and failure is seen as a chance to learn. I hope every family looking at Proctor knows how special that is.

Can you give an example?

I’m talking about the off-campus programs in particular. I believe that every person should spend time away from home and live in a part of the world that is different from where you grew up; and our programs are the perfect way to start out. My children have been on Mountain Classroom, Ocean Classroom, Segovia, Spain and service trips. All of the experiences have been life-changing. If I could, I would go on European Art Classroom - I think there should be a summer trip for parents!


What do you do in your free time?

I’m fueled by being involved locally. I am currently on the boards of the Friends of Tracy Memorial Library and the New London Service Organization. I have formerly been a Tracy Memorial Library Trustee and on the boards of The Outing Club and the Kearsarge Food Pantry. Also, I am an avid reader and absolutely love books - I would love to be a children’s author. My favorite books are One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and The Velveteen Rabbit.

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