Dr. Kristin Moody is an educator, leader, and coach with nearly 25 years of experience in the education sector. She has worked as a peer counseling director, special education teacher, high school English teacher, principal, school founder, university professor, teacher coach, and student teacher supervisor. She earned a BA from the City University of New York’s Hunter College in Urban Secondary Education and English with minors in African American Studies and Women’s Studies; an MS from Pepperdine University in Educational Leadership; and an EdD from University of Southern California's Rossier School of Education in Organizational Change. She won Dissertation of the Year (2017) from University of Southern California for her qualitative research on the role of authentic care in student and teacher outcomes in urban secondary schools. She is an ICF certified coach (ACC) and completed her coaching training at the Mindfulness Coaching School. She has also completed post-graduate certificates in Positive Psychology from UPenn and Educational Neuroscience from the Annenberg Foundation.
Dr. Moody is a full-time consultant and coach with clients ranging from superintendents of school districts to new parents returning to the work force. She always has one foot in a classroom, and is currently an assistant professor at University of Southern California. She has also taught leadership and student success skills at University of California Los Angeles, empathy-based leadership at Morehouse College, and has led program development for first-generation college graduates through Upward Bound.
In her twelve years of consulting, she has supported hundreds of schools and non-profits, nationally, in opening, replicating, and improving to provide high-quality, public school alternatives and supports for families in minoritized communities. Her work is focused on the role of empathy in effective leadership and organizational health, and she has led training for community groups, districts, school staff, and non-profit boards on a range of topics from governance best practices to solutions-based conflict resolution.
She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where she is active in her local PTA and volunteers as a youth boxing coach.