Kathy Oropallo - Studer Education Leader Coach


Leader Coach

Kathy’s unique work experience crosses public, private and non-profit educational sectors. She brings an unique and diverse perspective as she collaborates and partners with transformational leaders in high-performing organizations and systems. Kathy has also successfully helped schools and organizations align and narrow priorities in order to achieve results that last. Her Florida Department of Education administrative leadership, managing federal grants and delivering professional services to all 67 counties in Florida, has built long-lasting relationships with educators in Florida and across the country.

She also has a deep passion for designing unique adult and student learning experiences. As a curriculum designer, she has gained hours of school improvement experience in some of the most challenging demographics in the U.S. (including large urban districts and small, rural districts), while achieving consistent results in student achievement, school transformation and sustainability.

She has developed and published materials and professional learning for thousands of educators around the country. Kathy’s work includes pioneering a national youth educational outreach program for highly-recognized organizations like the National Football League that reached more than 1 million youth across it’s twelve-year run, as well as University and school, teacher leadership partnership programs for the National Writing Project that developed more than 200 teacher leaders in literacy.

Built on a strong knowledge foundation of learning and brain-based sciences, as well as improvement science, Kathy has delivered more than 7000 hours in professional development and learning with leaders and educators around the country. This experience in adult learning constantly reminds her that we are all learners and eagerly drives her to continuously wonder and grow beside these very important educational leaders and thought partners.


Ph.D. Elementary Education/Language Arts & Reading | Florida State University
M.S. Curriculum Development | State University of New York at Oswego
B.S. Elementary Education | State University of New York at Oswego


Professional Development School Award | University of South Florida


Leadership Development, Continuous Improvement, Strategic Planning, Performance Improvement, Curriculum Design, Brain-based Learning and Neuroscience


Evidence-Based Leadership, Nine Principles for Organizational Excellence


Joined Studer Education
CEO & Senior Executive Education Consultant
FLDOE Director of Reading First Professional Development
Professional Development Regional Coordinator


Pandemic and a Wildfire Evacuation: Serving Historically Underserved Students During Disasters
Chapter in Improvement Science as a Tool for School Enhancement: Solutions for Better Educational Outcomes by Deborah Peterson and Susan Carlisle, 2022

Aligning Values, Goals, and Action and Processes to Achieve Results
Chapter in Teaching Improvement Science in Educational Leadership by Spaulding, Crow and Hinnant-Crawford, 2020

Building Resilience in an Organization
Coauthor | AASA’s School Administrator Magazine, 2021

Young Author’s Celebrations: One Step at A Time
Heineman Press, 1999

The Culture of Cohorts: preservice teacher education teams at a southeastern University in the US.
Journal of Education for Teaching, 1998

Modernizing the study of history using young adult literature.
English Journal, 1998

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