Kelsey McLachlan
New Orleans Leadership Coach

Kelsey McLachlan is a veteran educator who is driven by her passion for making schools equitable and exceptional for every student. She is an Instructional Leadership Coach for Leading Educators’ New Orleans program, working directly with schools to advance educational equity through leadership coaching aimed at optimizing rigorous classroom instruction.

Kelsey’s “Why”

Since 2009, coaching and helping develop better teachers and leaders has been her focus. While coaching at Leading Educators, she has had the privilege of partnering with teams of teacher and school leaders to ensure that they are making steady progress towards student and teacher goals rooted in high expectations for all students. She believes that what sets a great coach apart is the ability to deeply listen to both verbal and nonverbal messages and thus to see the teacher or leader’s “best self” and help him or her gain access to that self.

Kelsey’s Journey

Kelsey’s career in education began in Chicago in a public school where students hailed from 32 different countries and natively spoke 40 different languages. She was the third grade team leader for 4 years, and her team achieved the highest results in her K-8 school. She was on the Math and Science committee and trained colleagues in her school’s Math and Science curricula. She received many awards and grants, including the Oppenheimer Grant and the Rochelle Lee award. She was also very involved in a variety of extracurricular activities, from supervising chess club to coaching three different sports teams, to producing and directing the school musicals (at long last utilizing her Theater degree!).

Kelsey returned to New Orleans in 2010 and worked for Teach for America as a Manager of Teacher Leader Development, coaching 3rd through 8th grade teachers in all subjects. In 2011, Kelsey became the Founding Assistant Principal at KIPP Leadership Primary, where she managed, coached, and developed  teachers, team leaders and leadership team members, as many as 13 in a single year. After seeing her founding class graduate from KIPP in 2016, Kelsey joined Leading Educators.

Kelsey holds a Master of Science in Education from Northwestern University, a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from Tulane University, and a High School Drama degree from University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Born in North Carolina, Kelsey now lives in New Orleans, LA, with her husband and two sweet kids. She loves enjoying all the wonders of New Orleans culture with her family and extended family, including thinking about her next meal while eating her current meal, attending a seemingly endless number of parades, cheering for the Saints with the Whodat nation, and laughing and playing outside with her kids in almost year-round gorgeous weather.

Fun-fact: Kelsey played Stella in the 50th anniversary production of a Streetcar named Desire in New Orleans.