Courtney lives with her family in Lexington, Virginia, where she is the resident lighting designer for the Rockbridge Ballet and Halestone Dance Studio. She is also an adjunct professor and guest designer for the Washington and Lee department of theatre, dance and film studies. Poole frequently teaches Lighting Design and serves as lighting designer for Hollins Theatre productions. She earned her B.A. from Fordham University and her M.F.A. from the University of South Carolina.