Nancy and Theresa standing in front of a brick wall

Leading EDge Learning, founded by Theresa Gibson and Nancy Mangum, is a team of leading innovators in K-12 education committed to narrowing achievement gaps and increasing opportunity for all students.  As educators we understand the need for high quality professional learning. Drawing upon nearly 25 years of experience in the education field, the team engages in activities to rethink what educational institutions can do to apply learning science and other research-based practices to better support and empower all learners.


Theresa began her education career as a high school mathematics teacher, shifting from the classroom to academic intervention and then professional learning. Theresa earned her MBA which supported her shift to focusing on building leadership capacity in K-12 schools.  As the former Associate Director for Strategic Development at The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, Theresa built partnerships with school districts and organizations around the country.  Today, in her role at Leading EDge, Theresa continues to bring her passion for building learning communities by bringing leaders together to learn, share ideas, and transfer research to practice to best serve all students.

When she is not working you can find Theresa reading a book and relaxing at the lake with her husband and two children.


Being the oldest of 3 siblings, and the daughter of a middle grades math teacher of 42 years, teaching has always been in Nancy’s blood.  During her tenure in the Wake County Public School System, Nancy held roles as an elementary educator, instructional coach and district administrator. After leaving Wake County Nancy spent 10 years at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation most recently as the Associate Director of Professional Learning where she built professional learning programs for instructional coaches, principals and district leaders in North Carolina and across the US.

Nancy has a passion for building professional learning and communities of practice to support instructional coaches and school leaders focused on current problems of practice. With both a local and national presence, she seeks to create meaningful learning experiences that inspire educators.

When she is not at work you can find Nancy enjoying time with her family on a beach or organizing a fun get together with friends.

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