With almost 25 years of experience in education, the last 17 running an independent school, Mary Katherine Duffy brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of independent school management and leadership. Mary Katherine began her career in business and real estate in 1991, pivoting to education when she was hired as a high school business education teacher in the Harlingen Consolidated ISD. In 2002, she was named the Head of School at St. Alban’s Episcopal Day school in Harlingen, Texas. During her 17 years at St. Alban’s, she gained a tremendous amount of experience in faculty and student retention, enrollment strategy, financial management, and organizational development. Additionally, she was responsible for developing a robust annual giving campaign and an annual signature fundraising event co-led by the church and school and benefiting both entities. In 2014, she worked with a volunteer committee to spearhead a capital campaign, in partnership with St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, resulting in the renovation and construction of over 3.5 million dollars in facilities.
Mary Katherine holds a BBA in Marketing from Texas Tech University and a Master’s Degree in Real Estate from Texas A&M University. She has served in various educational organizations including Secretary of the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools (SAES) - 3 years, Board Member of SAES - 6 years; Standards committee member of SAES for 12 years, Chairman of the Commission on Schools for the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas - 10 years. She has both chaired and served on various on-site visiting teams for SAES in addition to serving as a team member for ISAS (Independent Schools Association of the Southwest) and SAIS (Southern Association of Independent Schools). She currently serves the Diocese of West Texas as the Bishop’s Deputy for Episcopal Schools and SAES as the Director of Professional Development.
Mary Katherine’s enneagram journey began in 2017 when she read the book “The Road Back to You” by Suzanne Stabile and Ian Cron. Since learning she is a Type 7, she has committed a significant amount of time to learning and developing her understanding of this ancient knowledge for herself, as well as using it to help others in their leadership development self-awareness.
MK Duffy Consulting offers Executive Coaching, Enneagram Training and Coaching, and Leadership Development to independent school educators & corporate leaders who are committed to both professional and personal growth.