Audrey Bland Hampton is deeply committed to being a positive role model for children and guiding them to persist through adversity. Her desire to help disadvantaged youth stems from her discovery of the overrepresentation of African-American students in special education across the country. This led her to pursue a B.A. degree in Psychology at Spelman College, a Historically Black College for women in Atlanta, Georgia, and afterwards, a M.S. and EdS. degree in Education from Indiana University-Bloomington. Audrey firmly believes that non-traditional education models can help break barriers that hinder educational equity. She has extensive knowledge in program development and student support services through her work in both day and boarding schools around the country, and is adept at implementing curricular and instructional changes. Audrey and her husband are excited to move back to the Chicago area and hope to positively impact their community.