Teresa Weatherall Neal
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, Trustee

June 4, 2018 through Present

Teresa Weatherall Neal, M.Ed. had been with Grand Rapids Public Schools since she was four years old, first as a K-12 student and then as a student worker, administrative assistant, coordinator of compliance, and assistant superintendent before rising to the role of superintendent. Since being appointed superintendent in 2012, she and the district have gained state and national attention for the success of the GRPS Transformation Plan, which is increasing graduation rates, reducing chronic absenteeism, comprehensive professional development focused on equity and inclusion, launching innovative new school choices, and increasing student enrolment for the first time in twenty years. Ms. Weatherall Neal retired from the Grand Rapids Public Schools in July 2019.

Teresa Weatherall Neal holds an associate degree from Grand Rapids Community College, a bachelor’s of science degree in public administration from Grand Valley State University, and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Western Michigan University. She is also a graduate of the Michigan Leadership Institute’s Superintendent Leadership Academy.


(L-R) Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation Vice Chairman Hank Meijer along with Trustees Maria Cimitile and Teresa Weatherall Neal place a wreath at the Tomb of Presidential Gerald R. Ford on July 14, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Robert M. Humphries).

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