Meet Maureen


Dear Educators,


I see you.

I am a career education innovator with 30+ years of transforming learning in schools to better serve all students. I have helped school leaders, youth advocates, and parents identify passions, resources, and strengths that allow us to create school models and micro-schools that put kids first- models that actually work!

I saw my students wrestle with the mandated state testing. I saw them battle with depression and feelings of not belonging. I was appalled at the dropout rate. As a teacher, I felt my hands were tied up in the red tape of a system that no longer met kids’ needs.
My experience as a school leader has taught me to quickly identify what did not work and focus on creating a model that supports and empowers the entire rainbow of learners.


I’ve also been a frustrated parent.

I saw my daughters struggle to learn and thrive in a traditional high school. As a parent, I was frustrated and driven to find them what they needed. They had needs and wanted a voice in how they learned, but there was little to support them.

As limitations appeared endless, I took action—for my own kids and for my students. I knew there had to be a better way, and I took the plunge to find it, even if I had to create it myself. And I did.
Now, as an educational consultant, I help teachers and parents support their kids to thrive at school and beyond.

We’re in this together.


Maureen O’Shaughnessy, EdD, is a career school innovator with over 30 years of transforming learning in schools to better serve all students. She is the founding director of Leadership Preparatory Academy, a progressive micro-school in Washington State. With a master’s degree in educational administration and a doctorate degree in educational leadership, she has an extensive understanding of the components needed to transform the education system.

Dr. O’Shaughnessy has served as head of school and principal internationally in countries such as Kuwait, Hungary, and Ecuador. Weaving in a strong emphasis on service and leadership at each school, she has been a change agent across the globe. Dr. O’Shaughnessy has dedicated her career to promoting compassionate, innovative, and responsive learning models so that all students can thrive. She is happily married and has two wonderful adult daughters—Jadrian and Giana—who are muses and teachers along her journey.

Dr. Maureen O'Shaughnessy

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