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 that form the crux of 21st-century skills.  The TIEL model helps students understand their own learning and character development, supporting them in becoming more self-directed thinkers. She teaches how to design self-managed student project work that helps students develop the self-organization skills of decision-making, planning, and self-evaluation.

Dr. Folsom has used the TIEL Curriculum Design Wheel to teach students of all ages.  Her broad and deep background in education includes preschool, deaf, general, and gifted education, staff development, college teaching, and administration.  Dr. Folsom taught both undergraduate and graduate teacher preparation 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 helped teachers and administrators at Infant Jesus Academy, a group of private schools in the Philippines, to design curricula and obtain national certification.  She worked with teachers as the Instructional Coach at King’s Academy, Madaba, Jordan, a private boarding school established by King Abdullah II. As well as working with teachers, she taught English classes to students in grades 8 through 12. 

Dr. Folsom has presented the TIEL Curriculum Design model at many national and international conferences. Her book entitled Teaching for Intellectual and Emotional Learning: A Model for Creating Powerful Curriculum shares the case studies 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.