hi, i'm briana.

Thank you for stopping by In Her Lane!

Here are some things you should know about me and the blog:


  • I am eccentric. I love to laugh and be in the company of good people, but I also live in my head. I enjoy learning about people and connecting people and their ideas to resources and new opportunities. 

  • God blessed me with a vision to enlighten, educate and inspire others through critical reflection of my experiences. My goal is to create a platform where I can be vulnerable and reflective about my personal and educational experiences and provide insight and guidance to other Black women, graduate students and educators by doing so.  

  • I am a North Carolina born and bred. I am a double alum from NC State's College of Education. For the past three years I have worked closely with Black educators and community organizations in Durham, NC to support the academic achievement, motivation and identity development of Black and Latinx youth. This work has been done through facilitating teacher professional development, designing and implementing technology-based curriculum, instruction and co-theorizing and translating motivation research and conducting research on students' psychological well-being. 

  • I am now beginning my doctoral studies at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI studying educational psychology educational technologyI aspire to conduct research that integrates the fields of educational psychology, educational technology and urban education 1) to better support the academic motivation of youth and 2) to utilize technology as a complement and catalyst to do so.

  • Check out my Linktree to learn more about me and my research. 

reimagining education

More than academics, education is remembering our ancestor's stories, its resource sharing and taking on new perspectives. 


Education is the universal enlightenment we're blessed with each day.

When we sit back to reflect, we give ourselves a chance to rethink, reframe, reimagine the lessons we have learned and the lessons we are learning. 

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