Jessalyn Spell grew up in Gaston County, just west of Charlotte, NC. She earned her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education with a Dance concentration at UNC-Greensboro where she was a Teaching Fellow. She later earned a graduate degree in Elementary Education from Pfeiffer University-Charlotte Campus and a post-master's certificate in School Administration from Gardner Webb University. Currently, she is working towards her dual EdD/EdS degree in Educational Leadership from Appalachian State University with a dissertation focus on the internal factors that lead career teachers to remain in the profession.
Jessalyn has served as the Director of Accountability and Quality in Montgomery County Schools for the last two years. Prior to that, she served as the district's Differentiation Coordinator overseeing the MTSS, AIG and ESL programs. Before becoming a district administrator, she taught all Grades 2-10 over her 11 years in the classroom. When able, she also teaches courses for Montgomery County Community College in reading education.
On a personal note, Jessalyn enjoys spending time with her family, outdoor activities, traveling, and the Atlanta Braves. She currently resides at High Rock Lake in Denton, NC with her husband, two sons, and three dogs.