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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]



Beth Raphael

In her 11th year of homeschooling, Beth takes her experience as a former elementary school teacher to create an eclectic curricular education for her daughter that blends secular and classical approaches. Beth handles grassroots outreach with Maryland homeschoolers. She also helps Hand In Hand with administrative and organizational planning and blogging.


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.



April 26, 2018


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