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LISA DIDION is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in special education at the University of Texas-Austin. She grew up in St. Louis, MO and attended the University of Missouri-Columbia. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Cross Categorical Disabilities and obtained her teaching licensure for students with special needs in grades K-12. While in school, she worked as a respite care provider for a child with Autism. After graduating, she then moved to Nashville to earn her Master’s in Behavior Disorders at Vanderbilt University. She gained experience as a liaison for Positive Behavior Support (PBS). Following graduation, Lisa spent 2009-2015 as an urban, public school, special education teacher for K-5th grade students in Wilmington, DE. Lisa taught students with moderate-severe mental, behavioral, physical and learning disabilities in both self-contained and inclusive settings. After school hours, she taught in homes of students that were put on homebound instruction because they were deemed a threat to the school environment. Beyond the classroom, Lisa was active as a Girls on the Run Coach, PBS Team Leader, School Health & Wellness Team Leader, Building Leadership Team member, and Math Council Representative. Beyond her building, 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.

In her spare time, Lisa enjoys cooking, running, yoga, biking and visiting her family in St. Louis.