Christy Sampson-Kelly provides direct coaching to schools in the areas of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and student engagement, with a keen focus on helping schools improve how they teach and support students with special needs. As part of her work, Christy is leading our efforts to develop our Practitioner Support Series, a set of training modules built around video clips that highlight key instructional maneuvers essential to creating high-performing, inclusive classrooms in alternative settings. In addition, Christy leads a number of our special projects, including Words Unlocked, our nationwide poetry-writing initiative.
Christy has been working at the Center since January 2012. She arrived with more than 10 years of experience working with lower-income, high-risk youth, first as a general and special education teacher and then as a school-wide special education coordinator. Christy earned her undergraduate degree in elementary education from the University of Maryland, her master’s degree in special education from San Diego State University, and her PhD from the University of Maryland.
Christy lives and works in Bowie, Maryland, with her husband, children, and dog, Smudge. Having grown up among the Ramapo Mountains, she escapes to higher elevations whenever she can to write and remember herself.