Lisa Didion is currently pursing her Ph.D. in special education at The University of Texas at Austin. Didion grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, and attended the University of Missouri-Columbia. She received a bachelor’s degree in cross-categorical disabilities and obtained her teaching license for students with special needs in kindergarten to grade 12. While in school, she worked as a respite care provider for a child with autism. She moved to Nashville, Tennessee, upon graduation to earn her master’s in behavior disorders. She gained experience as a liaison for Positive Behavior Support. Upon graduation, she spent 2009 to 2015 as a special education teacher for kindergarten to grade 5 students in Wilmington, Delaware. She taught students with moderate to severe mental, behavioral, physical, and learning disabilities in both self-contained and inclusive settings. After school hours, she taught in the homes of students who were put on homebound instruction because they were deemed a threat to the school environment. Beyond the classroom, she was active as a Girls on the Run coach, Positive Behavior Support team leader, School Health and Wellness team leader, Building Leadership team member, and Math Council representative. She served as a member of her district’s Special Education Committee and the Elementary Grade Reporting Committee. She was named Teacher of the Year in 2013–2014.