Dr. Nathalie C. Lilavois has been an educator for twenty three years in a variety of teaching and administrative capacities. As a classroom teacher, she taught for ten years in the Lawrence Public Schools. During that time, she also worked as a certified reading specialist, focusing on early literacy and earned her first administrative position as Coordinator of Instruction (Pre-K- 12). Dr. Lilavois served as President of the Nassau County Association for the Education of Young Children and co-chaired the annual conferences for four years. Throughout her career, Dr. Lilavois has mentored teachers as a college professor workshop presenter, and educational consultant
Dr. Lilavois completed her undergraduate degree in elementary education and advanced study in the Teaching of Writing at Hofstra University. She holds a Masters degree in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University and a doctorate in education in Literacy Studies from Hofstra University.
Currently, Dr. Lilavois is the principal of W.S. Mount Elementary School. Under her leadership, Mount was named a 2009 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by US Secretary of Education, Arnie Duncan. Of particular note, are the Annual Career Laboratory and the Nature Preserve Revitalization Project, reflecting her advocacy for student engagement, environment, and wellness.
Dr. Lilavois is a former US Army Reserve Captain whose name was added to the Historic Roll of Honor by the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation in June 2011. Located at the ceremonial entrance to Arlington National Cemetery, it is the only major national memorial honoring all women who have defended America throughout history.
Dr. Lilavois is the Vice President of the Executive Board of the Malik Melodies Sisterhood Inc. a non-profit organization whose primary focus is the development of young women in to tomorrow’s leaders. In addition to building strong community partnerships with other non-profit organizations, she is currently working on a program designed to pair young artists (ages13-19) with mentor artists.
She hopes to connect her efforts to First Lady, Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative by fostering environments that encourage a healthy lifestyle and answer President Obama’s call to service through community service projects that empower its youth to be active changemakers in their world.