Lebon Daniel James III is a PhD student in the Educational Policy and Planning program in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. After earning a B.S. in Political Communication and a B.A. in Ethnic Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, Lebon became a teacher in San Antonio. His awareness on the landscaping of schooling and access students' were offered grew as he taught multiple contents at the middle and high school levels. He saw how teacher mindset, socio-emotional awareness, parent involvement, and many other aress greatly impact the student's experience of schooling. Lebon realized he wanted to advance in his role and have a greater influence on education by becoming a school administrator. He was selected to the Trinity Principals Fellowship where he obtained his Master of Education degree in School Leadership and a State of Texas Principal certificate. After serving as an administrator for three years in San Antonio and commuting to Austin as a part time student, Lebon knew he wanted to become more involved in research. Now, he is a full time student at UT serving as a teaching assistant and graduate assistant.