Charlisa was born and raised in Nassau, Bahamas. She traveled to the United states after completing high school in 2009 to become the first person in her immediate family to receive a college education. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Florida Memorial University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a Concentration in Radiobiology. Ms. Whyms is currently employed as a secondary science teacher, at Lanier-James Education Center, in Broward County. She also works part time, as a teacher, with the Boys & Girls Club of Broward County, where she provides homework support, tutoring, and computer-assisted reading and math instruction in addition to mentoring youths between the ages of 6 and 18. She is a passionate educator who is dedicated to inspiring the youth through education and uses her life story and experiences as a tool to achieve this goal. Ms. Whyms is also dedicated to her community and currently serves as the Professional Development Chair.