Lisa Olney


Adjunct Faculty, English

AA, Cochise College; BA, University of Arizona; MEd, Plymouth State University

Office: Ellen Reed House

After eighteen years living in Massachusetts, as a young, single mother, I followed my family to Arizona.  Shortly after, I earned my AA in English and journalism at Cochise Community College.  While working as a media specialist for the University of Arizona, I returned to school to earn my BA in English, with a minor in creative writing, from the University of Arizona.

It was at these institutions that I developed my love of learning and my admiration for an incredible set of educators and mentors, many of whom, like me, were non-traditional students, in particular, busy mothers balancing education, careers, and motherhood.  I wanted to give back by carrying on their passionate and inspiring teaching traditions.

While grateful for my experiences in Arizona, the desert never quite suited this New Englander.  When the opportunity presented itself, I packed up my two girls and headed back home to New England, where I completed my M.Ed. in English Education here at Plymouth State, and began teaching after receiving an internship opportunity teaching composition.


The Mirage Literary & Arts Magazine 1997

The Mirage Literary & Arts Magazine 1998

Awards or recognition

PSU Powerful Outstanding Woman’s Advocate Award, 2011

Courses Taught


Twice Told Tales

Contact Us

English Department

Ellen Reed House
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., M-F

Phone: 603-535-2746
(Mary Petz, Administrative Assistant)
Fax: 603-535-2584

Mailing Address
17 High Street
MSC #40 Plymouth, NH 03264

Dr. Ann McClellan, Department Chair
Office: Ellen Reed 15
Office Phone: (603) 535-2683