Lisa earned an MA in English Literature in 1996 and an MFA in Creative Writing in 2003. In 2004, she began teaching GED classes for Catholic Charities of Albuquerque/Santa Fe. In 2006, she began teaching GED classes at Central New Mexico Correctional Facility. In 2013, she began teaching social studies and English at Gordon Bernell Charter School. In 2018, she earned her special education certification. She is endorsed in reading, English, social studies, and special education.