Hand In Hand is a recognized leader in helping families, educators, and other professionals find the answers they need to unique educational problems. Over the years, we have worked with homeschool, public, and private school families across the United States, as well as in Canada, India, and China.


We offer a variety of on-going private consultation options, as well as one-time consultation services, to meet a variety of educational needs. Hand In Hand specializes in helping families who embrace a child-led learning approach or an eclectic instructional approach with writing Individualized Home Instruction Plans. We also provide 1:1 consultations that focus on building homeschool transcripts, understanding the needs of gifted or special needs children, and facilitating return-to-school placement decisions for formerly homeschooled students. 


Hand In Hand provides homeschool portfolio reviews, annual assessments, and assistance in writing state required education plans for families living in New York and Virginia. Based in the belief that education takes many forms, we build long-term relationships with families from diverse backgrounds to build meaningful educational portfolios that demonstrates full compliance with state laws.

Expert Witness

Expert Witness

Hand In Hand’s Alessa Giampaolo Keener, M.Ed. has been accepted by the Maryland court system as an expert witness regarding matters of educational best fit, special education, special student populations, and homeschooling. In addition to providing written and oral testimony, remote and in-person technical assistance for trial preparation is also offered. Our work specializes in divorce and custody matters, as well as Miranda waiver hearings and criminal cases that entail mitigating circumstances of an educational nature.




Hand In Hand speaks regularly at national conferences and local events on topics relating to homeschooling, social-emotional gifted issues, radical acceleration, LGBTQ youth in education, educational needs of incarcerated youth, and marketing to homeschool families. Alessa has also been the featured speaker for various national webinars and has been interviewed over a dozen times for statewide and national news outlets, including the Fox TV News Mom podcast


More About Alessa

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; a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Lehigh University, and a Certificate in Special Education Advocacy from the William & Mary Law School, Alessa is uniquely qualified and trained to provide [more]

Contact Alessa today to discuss your child’s educational needs.