Mrs. Lisa Kaupke

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Hi Students and Parents:

My name is Lisa Kaupke, pronounced, cup + key.  I was born and raised in Mesa and attended, Edison, Nathan Hale, Poston, Mountain View and ASU.  In my early 20’s my husband and I moved to Coronado, California where we lived and raised our three kids.  During that time, I graduated from Western State University with a Bachelors in Law Studies before attending Thomas Jefferson College of Law and obtaining my Juris Doctorate.  I was a practicing litigation/trial attorney in San Diego for 15 years.  

I was blessed with three amazing kids, all adults now.  My oldest was a teacher and now is a Technology Specialist for Tempe Schools. My son and his wife have their own business in Mesa and my youngest, and her husband, live in San Diego where she is an accountant for an aerospace firm.  I have one adorable grandson but hoping for more!  

In 2007, I moved to Europe and later my husband and I bought a hotel and restaurant in the Black Forest of Germany where I lived for 5 years before coming back to Mesa in 2012.  We still own and operate our place and I am fortunate to be able to escape the Arizona heat and head to Germany during my summer break.

My life has allowed me the opportunity to travel the world and learn so much.  I hope to share my knowledge and experiences with your wonderful children.  Moreover, I look forward to the opportunity to learn with them and most importantly to learn from them.


This is my second year teaching at Ishikawa.  Prior to Ishikawa, I taught in a behavior program for grades 5-6 at Irving Elementary.   Ishikawa is such a special school, filled with amazing students and parents.  I am so excited about this coming year and look forward to getting to know all my students and their families! 

“Knowledge will bring you the opportunity to make a difference.”


Claire Fagin