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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 [Read more]


Sonny Summers, Ed.D.
Director of Special Education Consults

Dr. Summers brings over 25 years of experience in special education to her role with Hand In Hand . She began her career by earning her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Elementary and Special Education from Iowa Wesleyan College in 1985. Upon completion she [Read more]



Jennifer Damashek
Educational Consultant

Jennifer has been homeschooling her two children for 16 years, with one now in college and her second just beginning high school. With degrees in Biology and Psychology from the University of New Brunswick, as well as certification in the Barton System and [Read more]



Derek Casteel
Administrative Assistant

Derek brings his organizational and editing talents to Hand In Hand, helping us with managing web content and creating curriculum.


Jacob Keener
Content Development

Jacob assists with Hand In Hand's legislative community outreach efforts. He also works with image handling, technical web development issues, and developing new informational content. Jacob is a homeschool graduate.



December 13, 2018


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