Quelyn has taught in New York City public schools and provided advocacy and counseling to families and youth for over 30 years.
Her childhood experiences and professional background in family services inspired her to write her first book, Validation Denied, Grace Bestowed: somewhere between the ghetto and God was something called foster care… Validation Denied, Grace Bestowed portrays a teenager who struggled with identity and the stereotypes and stigma of living in foster care. However, through a process of awakening and realizing self-worth as a young woman, she learns to forgive her past and love herself.
Purdie holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and a Minor in Theatre from SUNY at Oswego. She has since become interested in human behavior and pathways to well-being through her own participation in many intensives, seminars, and compassionate coaching sessions with mentors and life coaches.
Purdie discerned a call to ministry and in 2014 began studies at New York Theological Seminary where she studied how to integrate spirituality and clinical approaches to ministry towards a holistic process of healing people in need. In May 2017, she received a master's in pastoral care and counseling. She is also a certified mental health first responder.
Quelyn currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia where she is completing a remix of her memoir, now entitled A Movement of Grace: My Soundtrack of Liberation and the Role of Music Today. She offers new insight and perspectives by highlighting the impact of music in her life back in the day and focusing the artform as an “essential worker” in today’s Coronavirus pandemic. A “playlist” and poetry crafted by Purdie punctuate the stories in each chapter, inviting music lovers and readers in general, on a journey of hope through the liberating power of music.
As of May 2022, A Movement of Grace: My Soundtrack of Liberation and the Role of Music Today is being published by SBPRA.
Quelyn (aka "Ms. Quelyn" to her private tutoring students) enjoys music, film, reading, swimming, loves animals and the outdoors - especially amusement parks! She is a member of The Authors Guild.
FB: @Quelyn Purdie