Kelly Hammond earned a bachelor's degree in English from Amherst College. She has been a part of the vanguard of instructional technology since the mid-1990s, having taught English and history with laptops and tablet PCs, presented at national conferences, and consulted with schools around the country to improve technology integration in the classroom. Before coming to Chapin in 2009, Ms. Hammond was the academic dean at Cincinnati Country Day School. There, she oversaw pedagogy and technology and led the faculty in professional development centered on student learning styles, assessment, character and creativity. She is also a budding writer: her first published short story earned the third-place editor's prize for the 2014 edition of The Chautauqua Journal.