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 Executive Director for Mizzou Academy,  a global school district with 8,000+ K-12 students from 40+ countries. She oversees a talented team of educators, curriculum developers, business and support specialists, and technologists 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 three books: Wholehearted Teaching of Gifted Young Women: Cultivating Courage, Connection, and Self-Care in Schools (2018),  When Your Child Learns Differently: A Family Approach for Navigating Special Education Services with Love and High-Expectations (2019) and Brain-Based Learning in the Gifted Classroom (Grades 3-6): Neuroscience Lessons for Cultivating Curiosity, Metacognition, Empathy, and Brain Plasticity (2020). She has a fourth book on connected teaching under contract with co-author, Stephanie Walter. Dr. Fishman-Weaver’s 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. Department of Education’s teacher newsletters. 

Dr. Fishman-Weaver teaches and coordinates required inquiry and service-learning courses 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.