Leigh Colburn is a career educator, community leader, and educational consultant. She began her career in elementary school—teaching in all K–5 grades before moving into elementary administration and becoming a principal. Leigh transitioned to high school administration and proudly served as the principal of Marietta High School for ten years until founding the Graduate Marietta Student Success Center on July 1, 2015. Under her leadership, the Graduate Marietta Student Success Center received the 2016 Charter System Innovator of the Year Award for the state of Georgia. She co-founded The Centergy Project with Linda Beggs in 2017.
As an educator, Leigh Colburn and the schools she led were recognized for innovation and positive gains related to academic achievement, decreasing achievement gaps, improved attendance, and discipline, as well as rising graduation rates.
Leigh Colburn’s experience in both elementary and high school positions her to guide school leaders to take a whole child approach customized to the barriers and assets of each school and community. She assists districts in establishing dynamic partnerships between their schools and their elected representatives, public safety departments, health care organizations, as well as local, state, and community service agencies to improve the quality of life for their students and families.
Leigh earned degrees from Kennesaw State University, the University of Mississippi, and the University of Alabama.
Linda Beggs is a co-founder of The Centergy Project, a Georgia-based education consultancy working with school districts wanting to offer embedded wraparound services. She brings over 30 years of consulting experience focused on organizational development with expertise in culture, change, and team effectiveness. Working with corporate, government, education, and nonprofit organizations has prepared Linda to engage schools to create the high-trust culture essential to implementing wraparound resource centers. Along with her business partner, Leigh Colburn, Linda co-authored The Wraparound Guide, a how-to handbook for helping students overcome barriers to wellness and learning.
Linda is certified in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the EQ-i. She traveled nationwide for over ten years while working as a consultant with Franklin Covey and Pritchett & Associates, holding a variety of certifications in their content areas such as The Speed of Trust, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and Business as Unusual.
Linda is active in her community, having served on various boards and committees including Marietta’s College & Career Academy Steering Committee, Mentoring for Leadership, and liveSAFE Women of Achievement. She is a graduate and past chair of Leadership Cobb.
Linda is a proud graduate of the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business where she earned her B.B.A. in Management Science.