Mary Kaye has been an educator for 30+ years. She has served as the Wamego School District’s (Kansas) Director of Instruction for the past 15 years (now retired) and finds great joy in the world of education. It’s where possibilities for growth happen!!! Before taking this administrative position, she was a high school teacher of sociology and psychology. A thread that runs through her life is the belief that both teaching and leading demand and deserve time for reflection; in essence, we teach and lead who we are, and without understanding the “who” that teaches or leads, we risk doing more harm than good. She was prepared for facilitation with the Center for Courage & Renewal in 2012.

As the sole Courage & Renewal facilitator in Kansas, she has been offering Circle of Trust retreat experiences for educators and leaders (partial, one day and multiple day retreats) for the past ten years. She is particularly interested in growing the Leading Together: Building Adult Community in Schools program in the midwest. Mary Kaye is currently an adjunct professor with The University of Saint Marys ( Mary Kaye finds it immensely gratifying to be able to offer individuals the opportunity to take time-out from their busy lives, to reconnect who they are with the work they do. In her spare time she enjoys reading, gardening, music, art, walking and spending time with her amazing children and seven grandchildren.

Mary Kaye is deeply committed to growing this work in the Midwest. To contact Mary Kaye, or learn about her work go to

Favorite quote

Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is more people who have come alive.

Howard Thurman

Book Recommendation

The Courage to Teach

Parker J. Palmer

Where I'm Finding Inspiration

I am finding immense joy and inspiration in spending precious time with my grandchildren. Being present with them reminds me of how much hope there is in this world!

What I Do For Fun, Rest, and Renewal

I love to listen to music (I'm a lover of all kinds), explore the natural world and am a voracious reader.