Who We Are
We are a talented, passionate group of education professionals with diverse experiences and expertise who collaborate to design and implement a customized plan of action for you and your student.
Our intentional virtual business model allows us to hire the best collaborators and provide clients with an excellent, convenient experience like no other.
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.
Jessica is a lifelong educator and explorer. She has a B.A. in History, and in Religious Studies, from the University of California, Berkeley; an Ed.M. in Risk & Prevention from the Harvard Graduate School of Education; an Ed.M. in Curriculum & Instruction and a M.A. in Urban Leadership from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has been a classroom teacher, instructional coach, and project facilitator within the public education system. She has been a teacher of teachers through the U.S. Department of State's English Language Fellowship program, an educator professional development presenter and trainer through EdAdmin, and a seasonal college admissions evaluator for the University of California, Santa Cruz.