Lisa McBride, Founder/Executive Director
Lisa McBride is a native Northern Californian. She attended California State University, San Francisco, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Child Development.
She graduated with a Multiple Subject, Professionally Clear teaching credential. Lisa accepted her first teaching position in 1987 at Pleasant Hill Elementary, in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District, where she taught first and third grades for 13 years. While at Pleasant Hill Elementary she was able to delve into her passion of the arts and direct and produce wildly popular annual musicals with the entire third grade student body.
1995, Lisa married Mark McBride and moved to Antioch where they started their family. They had her first son, Zack, in 1996, and then in 1999, they had the twins, Jake and Hannah. Life was suddenly, exponentially crazier, but even more filled with joy! Lisa decided to transfer to Antioch Unified where she began teaching fifth grade at Sutter Elementary in 2000 to eliminate a commute with three children in tow.
Lisa is currently living in Discovery Bay, with her husband of 12 years, her three children, and a variety of dogs, cats, a bird and a gecko. She has taught elementary school for 25 years. Her free time is spent cheering on the sidelines of her children's soccer, baseball, football, and water polo teams, dabbling in photography, painting murals, crafting and cooking.
Lisa's youngest son, one of fraternal twins, was diagnosed with Autism in 2001. She began actively researching Autism, causes, and treatments immediately. Lisa became very involved with other families having disabled children, and eventually founded a support group called Special Kids, and facilitates its monthly meetings. Lisa's husband, Mark, successfully launched Freedom League Baseball for children with varying abilities, and Lisa has been instrumental in helping to get that project off the ground with him.
Having a special needs child, and mentoring so many families who also struggle with similar challenges have made Lisa's dream of helping improve the quality of life of those families a top priority in her life. Founding Special Kids Foundation is the avenue by which her dream of helping families with special needs children will become a reality.