Born and raised in Las Vegas, Lisa Cano is a first generation American who has spent her life educating Nevada's kids. Her parents came to Las Vegas in 1965 to give their children a better life and secure the American dream. Her father worked his way up through Las Vegas casinos, starting as a porter and later becoming a black jack dealer. Her mom started at Hudson cleaners before becoming a seamstress at the Las Vegas Hilton where she worked on a variety of shows, including Elvis and Gladys Knight.
Though her parents only had an elementary level schooling, they installed in Lisa the value of education as the one investment you can make in yourself that will pay off for life. While a 9th grade student at KO Knudson, the principal asked Lisa to help two new students from Ecuador learn English since the school didn't have the resources to provide English Language classes. The experience helping her peers learn English and the inspiration instilled by her parents set her on a course to make education and education advocacy her life's work.
After graduating from the University of Redlands, with a double major in English and Spanish and her teacher credential, Lisa returned to Nevada to teach. She spent a decade teaching English and Spanish in Clark County schools before becoming the Dean of Students and Assistant Principal at Eldorado High School. Always focused on how to empower and encourage students, Lisa worked with students in and out of the classroom to develop their voice and leadership skills so they would be ready for the world.
Lisa spent several years as chief of staff to Northwest Region Superintendent Richard A. Carranza, before returning to the classroom as a principal. For the past six years, she served as principal at Foothill High School and instituted critical reforms to help turnaround the school and improve education. In 2021, after 25 years as an educator, she retired from the Clark County School District but that hasn't stopped her from serving the community and making education a foundational element in children's lives. She currently teaches educators on how to better connect with students and build classrooms that fosters learning and, as the former Lt. Governor, served as a public advocate for education.
Lisa and her husband Jeffrey live in Las Vegas and she serves her most important role as mother to three daughters, Taylor, Raquel and Sofia.