Dean of Culture & Climate


Krystle Speller believes at the core of her being that every student contains boundless potential and is a gift perfectly crafted to meet some need in this world. She believes that engaged, highly qualified, and relatable teachers and school leaders can change the trajectory of any child’s life… just like they did hers. She has spent the past decade-plus teaching, mentoring, and counseling students in schools and community organizations, building life-changing relationships while also building programs for young people.

Krystle believes in educating and empowering students to actualize their potential through rigorous, trauma-influenced, highly individualized, and culturally relevant experiential education. She aims every lesson and interaction at challenging each student to unearth their gifts, recognize their value, and make real-world connections to the curriculum. She has taught elementary and middle school students in traditional public, public charter, and private schools of all sizes.

Her passion for STEM and fine arts education and her desire to see minority students from difficult backgrounds achieve uncommon success, academically and professionally, have driven her to start the Greater in Me Movement which seeks to obliterate the achievement and earning gaps by priming young Black girls for access and success through STEM camps, mentoring, academic support and much more. Krystle holds three degrees, including a Master of Education in Elementary Education from Alabama State University and a Master of Divinity from Duke University.



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