Alissa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a Master’s degree in Geology from California State University Northridge. As a graduate students, she was part of the the National Science Foundation-funded Catalyst program, which provided the opportunity to conduct research in New Zealand. She became a staff geologist for Southwest Geotechnical and later worked as a geologist for Chesapeake Energy, using her knowledge of sediments to search for natural gas sub-surfacially. She left two years ago to become a teacher at North-Grand High School in Chicago. She has a Master’s degree in Education from University of Illinois at Chicago and teaches Biology and Environmental Science. Her students are seeing Spill as part of TimeLine’s Living History Education Program.