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Let's get to the root, together.

Building relationships with families and students to create an educational experience in which all students thrive. 


Every family, student, and school experience and your needs are unique. That's why I value listening and building relationships.


We begin with a free initial session to learn about you, your goals, and your aspirations and share how we can design a customized plan for you.

Study Night
Private Tutor


I understand the inner workings of the school system. I have been a teacher, counselor, coach, school leader and education professor who has worked in public, private, charter, small, medium, rural and urban schools.

My background gives me the lens of knowing the difference between mediocre and excellence


I have worked with students from every age and demographic.


It's a wide range of students who have struggled for years or some that are ready to fly but are forced to keep pace with the middle. There are also students who go unnoticed while others are expected to be perfect and make no mistakes.

My belief is that at the root every student wants to feel successful, find their path, and be proud of themselves.

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Dr. Heather Pressley

Founder and creator of The Root Collaborative, Dr. Pressely has poured over 25+ years of educational experience into a company dedicated to helping families and students thrive in the academic space.


She brings a broad range of skills having dedicated her time as a middle and high school teacher, co-founder of an experiential school, charter school leader, adjunct professor at Harvard and Columbia, equity coach, and senior leader in a national non-profit. 

Needless to say, Dr. Pressley has seen and dealt with just about any issue relating to student care in the school system. 

Dr. Heather Pressley Founder

Education & Experience

1994 - 1995

Obtained EmD in Teaching & Learning from Harvard University 

1995 - 2000

Classroom Teacher

2001 - 2006

Founding team member for experiential learning school in Colorado. 

Lead teacher- middle school humanities, history
Designed scope and sequence for experiential learning curriculum & led multiple trips outside classroom.

2006 - 2008

Full-time public school Educator at Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools in Charlotte, NC.

2008 - 2011

Obtained PhD from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

While a full-time doctoral student, she developed an year-long program, “Literacy through Photography” at CMS alternative school in which students shared experiences through photography and writing.


This research informed her doctoral dissertation on student motivation and attachment to school including recommendations for structural improvements. 

2011 - 2014

School leader in a Charter School in Charlotte, NC.

2014 - 2018

Senior VP of Girls on the Run, International Non-Profit, located in Charlotte, NC.

Focused on girls experience of the program and creating a more responsive and equitable curriculum. 

2018 - Present

Launched The Root Collaborative in 2018, and The Root 2.0 in 2020 with a focus on post-pandemic related school issues.

100% focus on family and student post-pandemic school experience and working from the “outside in” to address root causes .

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