Welcome Mary Kay Murphy - Grand Rapids Program Director

Dear Friends and Supporters of Leading Educators,

Please join us in welcoming Mary Kay Murphy as Leading Educators’ founding Program Director for the Greater Grand Rapids region. She is our first team member in Grand Rapids, and we are thrilled to have her leading our launch!   


Mary Kay brings experience as a teacher, instructional specialist, principal, district consultant, and leader in education nonprofits, all in service of the school systems with whom Leading Educators will partner. Colleagues describe Mary Kay as a consummate systems thinker and servant leader. We are so excited about the role that Mary Kay will play in supporting Grand Rapids' regional leaders, teachers, and students.

As founding Program Director, Mary Kay will lead a team of Leadership Coaches to provide professional development, consulting, and coaching to instructional leaders who serve lower-income children in the nearly 120 district, charter, and religious schools in the Greater Grand Rapids urban area.

If you would like to join Mary Kay and our Michigan-based efforts to ensure that all students have an opportunity to succeed, stop by our careers page to see if you are the missing piece of our puzzle. We are currently seeking to fill the following positions on our founding team:

Founding Managing Director: Lead the greater Grand Rapids region’s growth and impact, including leading the team and building strategic partnerships with area school systems.

Leadership Coach: Partner with schools and coach Leading Educators Fellowship participants in instructional leadership that drives student achievement.

Program Coordinator:  Lead program operations and communications between Leading Educators and district leaders, principals, teacher leaders, and alumni.