After college, Lisa began teaching 9th and 11th grade English in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as a Teach for America corps member. Through teaching, coaching Spoken Word, and working with various nonprofits, she attained a glimpse into the educational inequalities in the United States. Lisa began the Childhood Studies Ph.D. program at Rutgers University-Camden to further study urban education reform efforts, and particularly, ways of maximizing student voice and agency within traditional school contexts. Ultimately realizing many urban schools are not optimally structured for meaningful mentorship, youth empowerment, and student flourishing, (especially for youth of color,) Lisa developed her research project to examine ways African American families navigate education outside of the traditional systems and what that means for the systems, the families, and the youth. At the 2018 GHEC, Lisa will be presenting a portion of her dissertation research which showcases perspectives from African American homeschooling parents –and additionally– homeschooled African American youth living in the Philadelphia area.