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the Next Level Leadership story

We're on a mission to help school leaders achieve fulfillment in their work, find balance in their lives, and realize professional and student-centered success.

We provide judgement-free career coaching, executive leadership coaching, and education marketing strategies informed by 30+ years of experience in on-site school and district environments.


We understand exactly where you are right now because we've been there, too.   

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Our Why

We know first-hand how the unprecedented challenges faced by school leaders today can lead to burnout, early retirement, and dispirited teams at all levels.


When our leaders in education don't thrive,

our schools and students can't thrive.


That's why we believe leaders need unique support from a leadership coach who understands their environment and can help them breathe passion back into the work and balance in their lives. 

Meet Kris Cosca, EdD 

Founder & Leadership Coach

Kris Cosca has dedicated his career to public schools for 30+ years as a teacher and administrator. Most recently, he served as superintendent of a 7,500-student district in Northern California. Kris has experienced the joys and the challenges at every level – from the classroom to the school board room. He navigated curriculum changes, enrollment challenges, pandemic restrictions, labor negotiations, staff burnout, and much more. As a leadership coach, Kris now shares his expertise with Next Level Leadership Services clients.

Public service runs in the family. Kris' father was a long-time district superintendent in Southern California, and Kris married a high school science teacher, with whom he has two adult children. Dedicated to his Napa Valley community, Kris serves on the Connolly Ranch Education Center board of directors and supports local, environmentally-friendly acts of kindness through his Facebook Group, Earth's Everyday Heroes

Kris also is an avid outdoorsman who fly fishes, ties flies, backpacks, hikes, runs, and cycles.

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Leadership coach Kris Cosca with Novato Unified team

Degrees & Credentials:

Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership

Masters in Educational Leadership

Administrative Services Credential

Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential

Bachelor’s of Science in Liberal Studies



ACSA Superintendents' Academy

ACSA Human Resources Academy

USC School Business Management

ACSA Coaching Leaders to Attain Student Success

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