Rainey Briggs is a dynamic educator who has served as a cultural liaison, teacher, principal, and currently the Director of Elementary Education in the Middleton Cross Plains Area School District (WI). As an African American boy growing up in poverty, Rainey quickly learned how to advocate for himself and others and has carried that passion over into his daily work. Rainey obtained his EdD from Edgewood College and wrote a dissertation on the Factors that Promote or Impeded the Success of African American Males in a Predominately White High School. Rainey strives to bring a voice to marginalized students and families. As a principal, he collaborated with staff and families to bring the motto “Every kid, Every day, Whatever it Takes” at the forefront of their school and a mission to live by daily.
Dr. Briggs has worked with many school districts on providing professional development around equity and culturally responsiveness. He is also an adjunct professor at Edgewood College in Madison, WI. Rainey is a husband to Julie, an educator herself, and the dad to three teenage daughters. When they are not in a gym or on a field, Rainey and his family enjoy traveling, spending time outdoors, and barbecuing.