Cathy Lassiter, Ed.D. is an education expert with over 30 years’ experience as a public school teacher, principal, central office administrator and consultant. She supports large and small districts in the areas of leadership development, school culture, principal and teacher evaluation, collaboration, instruction, assessment and closing achievement gaps. Cathy is the author of Everyday Courage for School Leaders, (Corwin 2017). She also authored The Secrets and Simple Truths of High-Performing School Cultures, published in 2012. She was a contributing author and content editor for Activate: A Leader’s Guide to People, Practices and Processes written with John Hattie and Brian McNulty. Additionally, Cathy was a primary author for the Getting Ready for the Common Core State Standards handbook series, and she was the architect of several leadership development seminars that have been highly successful. Cathy is a high energy, passionate speaker who is in great demand both in the U.S. and in Canada.
Previously, Cathy held a number of leadership positions in her district including; executive director of middle schools, senior director of curriculum, instruction and staff development, middle school principal, and high school department head. While director of curriculum and instruction, her district won the prestigious Broad Prize in Urban Education. This prize is awarded to districts for closing achievement gaps and preparing all students for college and careers. She has also served as an adjunct professor for The George Washington University teaching graduate courses in educational leadership.
As a successful middle school principal, she concentrated on serving the needs of all students by imposing rigorous standards and high expectations. She was named Virginia’s Middle School Principal of the Year for the success of her school. As a nationally recognized teacher, Cathy proved her ability to successfully reach students from all backgrounds.
Cathy earned her doctorate in Educational Administration and Policy Studies from The George Washington University.