About Leaders Building Leaders

Leaders Building Leaders focuses on supporting the boards, leadership, staff and students of public charter schools and the communities they serve. We provide expert consulting, onsite training, mentoring and coaching to help school leaders and board members raise student achievement and improve school culture.

As former charter school principals we understand the challenges you face, and utilize strategic methods to solve any problem and improve the school you lead.  

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Dr. Thomas Miller, former principal and consultant for the North Carolina Office of Charter Schools, combines his John C. Maxwell Team leadership certification with his decade of effective charter school research and experience to coach and mentor principals to raise student achievement and improve schools culture all across the country. 

Being a recovering addict, Dr. Miller understands human behavior and what it takes to transform people. His flagship talks and seminars bring about immediate changes and long-term results. 

Married since 2003 to devoted and giving wife Jennifer, together, they raise two amazing children, Devyn and Matthew. Thomas loves to hike, trail run, play ice hockey, and spend quality time traveling with his family. 

Learn more about Tom on his LinkedIn page and email him at [email protected] 

Katy Ridnouer

Born into a military family, Katy Ridnouer was raised to believe that it is her responsibility to do whatever is in her power to change the world; for Katy, it’s changing the trajectory of children’s lives. Since 1993, Katy has shared her love of learning with students and clients with the goal of improving their lives as better readers, writers, thinkers, and problem-solvers. In hopes of nurturing growth from educators everywhere, she’s shared her experiences in two education books, Managing Your Classroom with Heart and Everyday Engagement.

She’s the founder of VERITAS Community School, CFA, a public charter school located in Charlotte, NC. She served as its Board Chair during the planning years and as its Head of School in its first two years of operation. With a rigorous academic program paired with ninety minutes of exercise, nutritious meals, and conflict resolution skills, VERITAS empowers the minds, bodies, and spirits of students every day. She and her team were awarded over one million dollars in grant funding, received over fifty thousand dollars in furniture and office supply donations, and negotiated a rent-free lease for 30k sq. ft. building from the local school district.

She continues to add tools to her tool chest to give her what she needs to meet students’ needs. In addition to her Master’s degree in Education, Katy has earned John Maxwell Team Certification and uses her coaching skills to further impact the lives of children through her work with the adults who are the decision-makers in children’s lives—principals, Boards of Directors, and teachers.

Learn more about Katy on her LinkedIn page and email her at [email protected]

Leaders Building Leaders Core Values

We are so grateful and blessed for the opportunity to serve other school leaders and the communities they serve.

We strive to provide honest and transparent feedback.

We are committed to your success. If you do not succeed, neither do we.

Being former school leaders we know how challenging it is to lead other human beings. We aim not to judge any situation a school or individual may find themselves in. If you knew me well 5-10 years ago, you might not be reading this.

Our way is not the only way and despite our decades of experience, we know that we don’t know everything. That’s what keeps us hungry!

Transformation requires open communication, ideas and coming together to achieve a common goal. We run alongside our partnerships, not out in front.

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