Kaitlin M. Roig-DeBellis is the Founder & Executive Director of Classes 4 Classes, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization. Kaitlin founded Classes 4 Classes knowing that positive social change was needed, and that this needed to begin with the youngest members of our society, our K-8 students. Classes 4 Classes is a social networking tool, for every student in the United States to learn: compassion, caring, kindness, empathy, consideration, through active engagement. Classes 4 Classes has worked with over 3,000 students in 25 states. In 2017 they are expanding to all 50 states. Classes 4 Classes has been featured in People, O Magazine, Fortune, Glamour, Marie Claire, Good Housekeeping and other national publications.
Kaitlin speaks to School Boards, Administrators, Teachers and High School and College students across the US and Canada as a key note and commencement speaker. Kaitlin is the author of 'Choosing Hope: Moving Forward From Life's Darkest Hours' published by G.P. Putnam & Penguin. Kaitlin teaches 3 courses, one that she created, at Bay Path University as an Adjunct Professor. Kaitlin serves on the NEAG Alumni Association Board of Directors. Kaitlin is a Leadership Legacy Mentor at the University of Connecticut. In 2016 Kaitlin received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
In October 2014, Kaitlin received the alumni association's Humanitarian Award from her alma mater, The University of Connecticut. In May 2014, Kaitlin received two Honorary Doctorate Degrees, one of Humane Letters from Bay Path College and the other of Public Service from Luzerne College. Kaitlin delivered a TED x talk at UMass Amherst in April 2014. Kaitlin and her non-profit have been featured in People, Glamour, Marie Claire, and Cosmopolitan, as well as, on World News with Diane Sawyer, Anderson Cooper, Katie Couric, Extra and Yahoo News!
In 2013 Kaitlin received the Dedicated Teacher Award from The Chicago International Conference on Education. Kaitlin writes educational blog posts for the Huffington Post weekly. Kaitlin also contributed to the book 'Teaching From the Heart' volume 2, published in May 2014. Kaitlin ran the NYC marathon, in honor of 12/14/12, and the lives lost.
In 2013 Kaitlin was honored as one of Glamour Magazine's Women of the Year along side Nobel Prize nominee Malala Yousafzai, Congresswoman and shooting survivor Gabby Giffords, and Emmy nominated actress Kerry Washington, among others. Previous Glamour Women of the year include Former First Lady and teacher, Laura Bush and Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Also in 2013, Kaitlin was honored by L'Oreal Paris one of their "L'Oreal Paris Women of Worth" of which she was one of "10 Inspiring Women Making Beautiful Differences in their Communities. Through Women of Worth, L'Oreal Paris is committed to recognizing women who are true to themselves and their passion of making a difference in their communities. L'Oreal Paris supports these inspiring women through a donation for their charity and by raising awareness for their causes.