The Root Collaborative is a talented, passionate group of education professionals with diverse experiences and expertise working together to provide comprehensive, customized services for our clients. Our intentional virtual business model allows us to hire the best collaborators and provide an excellent, convenient experience that truly sets us apart.
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Dr. Heather Pressley, Founder & CEO

Heather earned her BA in English and history from SUNY Albany, her EdM in Teaching and Learning from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from UNC Charlotte. Over her 25+ year career, she has had a broad range of experience as a middle and high school teacher, co-founder of an experiential school, charter school leader, adjunct professor at Harvard and Columbia, equity trainer, teacher coach, and senior leader in a national non-profit. Dr. Pressley founded the Root Collaborative in 2018 based on the central idea that each and all children deserve an educational experience that supports and engages them and fosters their school and life goals.  

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I worked with Dr. Heather Pressley at two different organizations. Dr. Pressley has a deep commitment to equity which can be shown through her various roles. She is extremely talented, making large impacts within organizations she works for and beyond. Dr. Pressley cares about her employees and co-workers beyond the workplace but also for their personal wellbeing.

Shekeria Barnes
Founding Principal | Leadership Coach| Presenter | Strategic Planner and Project Manager

Dr. Pressley is a champion for social justice and a voice in this work of changing mindsets. She is resourceful and keenly aware of the pressing needs to provide equal access to a quality education for all students. 

Lindsey Faraone 
Assistant Principal at Durham Public Schools

I had the opportunity to work with Dr. Heather Pressley at the beginning of my career as a teacher. She mentored me and was an immensely helpful resource for me. She observed my classroom regularly giving detailed feedback. She created meaningful relationships with students, teachers, and families. Dr. Pressley has helped shape me into the leader that I am today and has motivated and supported me throughout my career.