About Dr. Kelli Seaton

My name is Kelli Seaton and Urban Joy is a blog where I share my thoughts…


I’m an innovative, visionary, outcomes oriented educational leader who is passionate about educational equity and social justice. I’m committed to ensuring that children of color, particularly those of the African diaspora who live in urban areas, experience learning environments that actively embrace both qualitative and quantitative results in academic achievement, cultural proficiency, critical consciousness and community activism.

I attended Howard University where I studied English and secondary education. While studying at Purdue University, I earned an M.S. in school counseling and worked as a school counselor in the Lafayette School Corporation while completing my Ph.D. in secondary administration and supervision.

After completing my doctorate, I joined Teach For America and was a corps member at Martin Luther King High School in Philadelphia. Thereafter, I had the opportunity to serve as the founding principal for Mastery Charter Schools Pickett Campus in the Germantown section of Philadelphia.

I later joined the Teach For America Greater Philadelphia team as the vice president for teacher leadership development. Through my work as a consultant, I continue to be committed to understanding the relationship between privilege, oppression, and access and to amplifying the voices of Black and Brown children and families and of those from low income backgrounds.