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Alessa Giampaolo Keener, M.Ed.
Executive Director

Alessa homeschooled her two children from Kindergarten into college. Throughout her years of homeschooling, she embraced a child led learning approach with an emphasis on social-emotional development and community based learning.

With a Masters in Education from Johns Hopkins University, Alessa is uniquely qualified and trained to provide educational testing, curricular support and general consulting to homeschool families and institutions looking for innovative approaches to education. Alessa's specialty in gifted education, with a focus on affective development, has allowed her to work with schools and organizations across the country who seek assistance in developing new programs.

Over the years, Alessa has worked contractually with; offered pro-bono services to; and spoken before numerous businesses and organizations, including the following:

  • National Association for Gifted Children
  • Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County - Department of Education
  • Living Classrooms Foundation
  • Youth Today
  • National Children's Museum
  • Baltimore's Child Magazine
  • The Davidson Academy of Nevada
  • Maryland Public Television
  • Independent Book Publishers Association
  • Howard Community College
  • West Virginia Gifted Association
In addition, Alessa has provided expert educational review reports for juvenile cases originating in the Maryland Office of the Public Defender, Prince Georges' County Police Department's Sexual Assault Unit, as well as divorce and custody cases. She has been accepted as an expert witness in the State of Maryland in matters of educational best interest and has successfully testified to have a child returned to her mother, after the court had ordered the child removed due to homeschooling.

Alessa has published over 60 articles and project based curricular activities for children and parents. Her work has appeared in national publications such as Youth Today, The Mailbox, Pack-O-Fun, Friends Journal, Boys Quest and numerous parenting publications across the country. She has also been the editor of The Teacher's Guide, a local annual publication focusing on news and resources for teachers in Maryland. Alessa currently sells curricular enrichment products online.

Alessa continues to speak on topics such as unschooling reading, conceptual curricular approaches to education, radical acceleration for gifted students, and marketing to homeschoolers as a niche market.

E-mail: info (at)
Phone: 410.236.1927
Monday - Friday
Between 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


October 23, 2017


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