Lamont O'Neil began his academic career in Brooklyn and has since traveled the world. He spent his high school years as a student at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, N.H. His interest in travel was stimulated when he participated in a study abroad program, which allowed him to live in Spain for one year. He majored in philosophy and Hispanic studies at Oberlin College and returned to live in Spain for another year prior to graduate studies at Penn State University, where he majored in Spanish linguistics.
While at Oberlin, Lamont also studied jazz improvisation with Wendell Logan and Kenny Davis, and was a vocalist for the Oberlin Jazz Ensemble. With a desire to give back to his community, he returned to Brooklyn to begin his career as an educator at an alternative school. When the principal of the East New York Family Academy moved on to JHS 231 in Queens, O'Neil followed and has been teaching there for the past 16 years. During this time, he began the all-boys step ministry called the Nubian Gents, which has expanded to include a team for girls, Feminine Fire. O'Neil belongs to the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, and serves as a praise and worship leader to its congregation.