Dr. Leigh Alley is a longtime leadership and instructional strategist, presently serving as the Executive Director of Maine ASCD and as a member of the part-time education faculty at the University of Maine at Augusta. As the director of consortia for school improvement, as a private consultant, and as a project director, Leigh has designed and implemented instructional programs in a broad range of topics including, but not limited to, literacy, equity, social-emotional learning, and whole-child education.
Growing up in poverty in the poorest county of America’s most rural state taught Leigh––a first-generation college graduate––the importance of education as a leveler of opportunity. Throughout her career, she has sought to bring educational access to the underserved, both learners and educators alike. Currently, Leigh uses her doctoral degree in Transformative Leadership to create new and innovative ways of “upschooling” educators and administrators in Maine and beyond, allowing them to improve their practice wherever they are, whatever their means.