Dr. Chelsea McCracken grew up in Maryland, where she attended high-quality public schools K-12. She studied French and math at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and went on to earn her Ph.D. in linguistics from Rice University in 2012. Her first book, a reference grammar of an indigenous language of New Caledonia, was published by De Gruyter in 2019. Chelsea became involved in the homeschool reform movement as a result of the abuse and educational neglect experienced by her homeschooled family members. Her two peer-reviewed articles on academic achievement in Alaska correspondence schools were published in 2020 in the journal Other Education. Chelsea previously worked as a tenure-track faculty member in the Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences department at Dixie State University, where she instructed students in research methods and guided them in designing their own educational programs and assembling portfolios of their work. Chelsea currently works for a linguistics research firm in the private sector. She lives in Maryland with her spouse and their fur babies.