Charisse holds a Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration, a minor in Psychology, and a teaching certificate in secondary education. She maintains memberships in Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) and the Chicago Writers Association Speakers Bureau (CWA). She resides in Joliet, Illinois and is the mother of two sons, Robert and Oliver, three grandsons, Elijah, Landon, Avery, and one granddaughter, Layla.
Charisse Beach is an author, educator, entrepreneur, and national presenter. She served as principal of Premier Academy- Joliet, a Regional Safe School Program designed to provide alternative education for at-risk middle and high school students from Grundy, Kendall, and Will Counties. Under her leadership, an average, 83% of students transitioned back to their home schools with grade-level or above credits and a renewed desire to continue their education.
As a subject-matter expert on transforming and educating at-risk students, she authored At-Risk Students Transforming Student Behavior, published by Rowman & Littlefield, which details the warning signs of disturbing behaviors, which are often overlooked by educators and/or misdiagnosed by mental health professionals. She provides strategies to identify and address them.