Growing up in Texas, Allison Bishop spent stormy summer afternoons in used book stores and on her couch reading with her mom. Her love of reading eventually led to a passion for writing, and she earned her bachelor's degree in Journalism from Texas A&M University. After graduation, she worked in radio as a sports reporter, news reporter, morning show host, and DJ. It was during this time that she began volunteering with students in a local high school, which led to her decision to become an English teacher. Her teaching career began at a public high school in Houston where she taught Journalism, yearbook, media studies, and newspaper. She then moved to independent schools in a similar role at Episcopal High School, eventually teaching English full time. Before joining Chapin, Ms. Bishop was an English teacher, Dean of Student Life, and Assistant Head of Upper School at The Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn.