Tessa Boutwell

Professional Learning Facilitator, Office of Strategic Engagement

Tessa Boutwell


  • B.A. in Education, Old Dominion University
  • M.S. in Education, Old Dominion University
  • M.Ed. in Educational Psychology and Developmental Science, University of Virginia


Tessa Boutwell has over 10 years of educational experience as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, literacy consultant, and curriculum developer in both public and private settings. She earned a B.A. and M.S. in Education at Old Dominion University and later received her M.Ed. from University of Virginia in Educational Psychology and Developmental Science.

As the Professional Learning Facilitator in the VCU Office of Strategic Engagement, Boutwell supports and coordinates programs that enrich teacher preparedness and proficiency in the community. She works closely to maintain the Career Switcher program for transitioning prospective teachers into urban and high-needs settings and conducts workshops and training seminars that support culturally relevant and responsive practices for educators.

She is passionate about supporting teachers, instructional leaders and school systems to ensure that all learners are valued, engaged in their learning experiences.

(804) 827-6847 [main number for Office of Strategic Engagement]