Dr. Christy Folsom received her Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University where she developed Teaching for Intellectual and Emotional Learning (TIEL®).  The TIEL Curriculum Design Model equips teachers with a wide range of thinking and social-emotional processes to bring about optimum student learning.  The TIEL model helps students understand their own learning and character development, supporting them in becoming more self-directed learners. Dr. Folsom taught in the Childhood Education Department in the School of Education at Lehman College in the Bronx, part of the City University of New York.  She has worked with teachers at Infant Jesus Academy, a group of private schools in the Philippines, to design curricula and obtain national certification.  She worked with teachers as an Instructional Coach at King’s Academy, Madaba, Jordan, a private boarding school established by King Abdullah II.   In addition, she taught English classes to students in grades 8 through 12.  Dr. Folsom’s broad and deep background in education includes pre-school, deaf, general, and gifted education, staff development, college teaching, and administration. She has presented her model at national and international conferences. Her book entitled Teaching for Intellectual and Emotional Learning: A Model for Creating Powerful Curriculum shares the stories of four New York City teachers who used the TIEL model to teach their students the self-management skills of decision-making, planning, and self-evaluation through project work.  Dr. Folsom lives in New York City and Houston.