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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. Years of legislative and regulatory grassroots advocacy work for homeschooling rights led to the creation of the Maryland Homeschool Association, an all-volunteer group committed to providing free information for Maryland families.

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, volunteered, and spoken before numerous businesses and organizations, including:

  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County - Department of Education
  • Howard Community College
  • The Davidson Academy of Nevada
  • Connections Academy
  • Maryland Office of the Public Defenders
  • National Association for Gifted Children
  • Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted
  • Maryland Public Television
  • Living Classrooms Foundation
  • National Children's Museum
  • Youth Today
  • Baltimore's Child Magazine
  • Independent Book Publishers Association
  • SEA Homeschoolers
  • West Virginia Gifted Association
In addition to working with private families, Alessa provides expert educational reports and technical guidance for juvenile criminal and civil matters, as well as custody and divorce cases. She has been accepted as an expert witness in the State of Maryland in matters of educational best interest and has successfully testified in a number of cases, including having a child returned to her mother after the court ordered the child removed due to homeschooling.

Alessa has published numerous articles and project based curricular activities for children and parents. Her work has appeared in national print and digital publications such as Youth Today and Parenting for Potential. She has also been the editor of The Teacher's Guide, a local annual publication focusing on news and resources for teachers in Maryland and has written curriculum for grant-funded youth enrichment programs, state-approved continuing education courses, and other organizations. Alessa currently sells curricular enrichment products online.

Alessa continues to speak on educational topics at local, regional, and national conferences for parent, social workers, and attorneys.

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Phone: 410.236.1927
Monday - Friday
Between 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


April 26, 2018


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