Alisa A. Burroughs, age 63, left this earth on Thursday, July 22, 2021 in Bullhead City, Arizona. She was born on July 2, 1958 in San Pedro, California.
Alisa moved to Bullhead City with her family in 1969 and attended Bullhead City Elementary School, graduated from Bullhead City Junior High and graduated in the top ten in her graduating class from Mohave High School in 1976. Alisa attended one year at Mohave Community College before transferring to Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. Alisa graduated with honors in 1981 with a dual major in elementary and special education. Alisa later received her Master's in Special Education from NAU and attended Gallaudet University for the Deaf, where she became a certified teacher for the Deaf and Blind. Alisa was continually updating her education and was a leader in her field of education.
Alisa worked for Bullhead City Elementary District as a teacher and later as a director of Special services until her retirement in 2020. Alisa was instrumental in developing the preschool program at Desert Valley Elementary School and later at other Bullhead schools and aided with the Head Start program in the Bullhead City area. There are so many children's and families' lives that she touched, she was always their advocate and dedicated her life to the children of Bullhead City.
Alisa was preceded in death by her father, Robert E. Burroughs; and her mother, Elsie "Terry" L. Burroughs (Ricca).
Alisa is survived by her sister, Colleen Snow (Burroughs); brother-in-law, Dennis Snow; nephew, Jaz Johnson, his wife, Jordan Johnson (Ford); niece, Shelby Johnson; grand-nephews, Jayson, Jaxon and Jacob Johnson; aunt and uncle, Dennis and Barbara Smith (Ricca); five cousins, Joanne Mack (Schmid) and her husband Bill, Walter Schmid III., Jimmy Silva, Karen Silva, Matthew Smith and his wife Chelsea (Norman); and best friend of over 30 years, Stacey Bride Kelly.
There will be a private celebration of life. If you would like to honor the memory of Alisa A. Burroughs, please make donations in her name to either of the two causes for which she was passionate: Early Childhood Education: Bullhead City Elementary School District #15, 1004 Hancock Road, Bullhead City, Arizona 86442. or Animal Rescue: Best friends Animal Sanctuary, Bestfriends.org.
Published by Mohave Daily News Online from Sep. 12 to Sep. 19, 2021.