Kathryn Fishman-Weaver (“Dr. KFW”)  is an educator, author, and believer in student leadership. She is passionate about community and strengths-based approaches to teaching, learning, and research.

Dr. Fishman-Weaver currently serves as the Director of Academic Affairs and Engagement for Mizzou Academy,  a global school district with 8,000+ middle and high school students from 100+ countries. She oversees  a talented team of division chairs, counselors, learning specialists, and teacher assistants who support teaching and learning with both compassion and rigor. Additionally, she coordinates professional development opportunities and conferences for educators around the world.

Dr. Fishman-Weaver holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (University of Missouri), an M.Ed. in Special Education (San Francisco State University), and a B.S. in Sociology (University of Missouri).

She writes and publishes frequently on innovative practices in educational leadership and student support. She is the author of two books: Wholehearted Teaching of Gifted Young Women: Cultivating Courage, Connection, and Self-Care in Schools (2018), and When Your Child Learns Differently: A Family Approach for Navigating Special Education Services with Love and High-Expectations (2019). Both of these titles frequently appear on Amazon’s bestseller lists in education and parenting. Her work has also been featured on Edutopia, Principal Leadership, Teaching for High Potential, and the U.S. Daprtment of Education’s teacher newsletters. 

Dr. Fishman-Weaver teaches and coordinates a requierd inquiry course for pre-service teachers at the University of Missouri, College of Education.  She also works with the  Honor’s College on several  projects serving the Missouri Scholars Academy.