Celeste Terry-Lo is a Leadership Consultant with SchoolWorks. She has held administrative roles in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Maryland. Celeste is an alumni of the national organization New Leaders for New Schools. Celeste has held leadership positions in Baltimore City Public Schools, where she also served as an Inclusion Specialist. Her work within the Office of Special Education concerning inclusion, equity, and compliance resulted in the release of Baltimore City Public Schools from a consent decree.
As an inclusion specialist, Celeste also helped to develop policies and practices regarding students in special education. With the guidance of Dr. Marilyn Friend and the Maryland Coalition of Inclusive Education, she developed professional development around inclusionary practices and co-teaching. Following this, she was the Facilitator for Network 12 in Baltimore City School Support Networks, where she supervised a team and monitored nine high schools in the areas of instruction, equity, special education, climate and culture, human capital, strategic planning, operations, facilities, and budgeting.
Celeste began her career in education as a school psychologist in Baltimore City Public Schools and as a teacher in New York City Public Schools and in Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland, where she was a Fulbright Teacher Exchange candidate. She taught high school math and science with varied student populations which included students with special needs and multilingual learners. Celeste developed her expertise in principalship and innovation from New Leaders Baltimore, and from New Leaders Exploring New School Models. She was the recipient of the Roberts Award for School Innovation from New Leaders.
Celeste holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and biology from the State University of New York at New Paltz, a Master’s degree in psychology with a concentration in clinical psychology from Virginia State University, and a Doctorate in Education from Nova Southeastern University, with an emphasis on organizational leadership.