Lisa Parnell graduated from Topeka High in Topeka, Kansas, and then received a bachelor's in curriculum and instruction at the University of Kansas. She later also earned a master's degree in education at KU and her ESL endorsement.
Lisa began her teaching career in 4th grade at Deerfield School, and has now been teaching at Schwegler since the 2000-2001 school year. She taught language arts for two years in 6th grade then taught 4th grade language arts half-days for 12 years and began teaching full-time in 4th grade in 2013-14. In 2017-18 she became a Title reading and math teacher for the 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. In 2020-21 she changed to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade Title groups.
Lisa lives in Lawrence with her husband and three children. All three of her children have attended Schwegler and are now a KU graduate, a KU sophomore, and a Lawrence High Lion.